2006 Cave du Vin Blanc Blanc de Morgex "Rayon" (Elsewhere $18.99)

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Valle d'Aosta is probably the least known Italian region. It doesn't even seem Italian; they speak French, for one. Valle d'Aosta lies in the Alps in the westernmost part of Italy, full of steep mountain slopes and, while one might guessglaciers or Abominable Snowmen, grapes. Believe it or not they are growing grapes on the slopes of Mont Blanc above 3,900 feet! The region actually has a history of wine producition going back a couple thousand years. In 1983 the Cave du Vin Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle Coop was formed, and they began to produce high-quality fine wines from the region's traditional wine varieties. These include the Blanc de Morgex grape called Prie Blanc, a local variety that not only withstands the cold climate, but clings particularly well to the high, rocky mountain slopes. This is a truly unique grape grown on steep trellised terraces, and it produces a wine with minerality and richness layered with hints of Meyer lemons, wildflowers and tarragon. Like fondue? This is your wine. Oysters, scampi, fettucine alfredo, ham sandwiches? This is your wine. Outstanding value and 2 Glasses Gambero Rosso with an * for extra quality per price ratio! (Greg St.Clair, K&L Italian buyer)

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/4/2009 | Send Email
This is a fun wine more because of where it's from, than because of how it tastes. The Valle d' Aosta is a small region near the Swiss border in Italy that is host to the country's highest vineyards, elevation wise. They are so high up on the mountainside that the grapes have to be rapelled down the cliff in baskets; using a rope and arm strength the old-fashioned way. The wine itself is clean, mild and refreshing, but it's more rewarding as a homework assignment. Pay the five bucks and say you've tried a Blanc de Morgex from the source; a rare chance indeed.

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- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.