2008 Di Barro Petit Rouge Vallée d'Aoste

SKU #1054653

Petit Rouge is the grape. A bit on the generec side of things, by the sound of it. But wait until you taste this lovely, light-bodied red. This grapes used to make this wine come two vineyards, Château Feuillet and Boné, located between 2,100 and 2,600 feet above sea level. This is Alpine country like none other. Silver blue lakes dot the region, and you can almost taste an Alpine lake in this cool, earthy wine. No oak, nothing to obscure the dark fruit, forest floor and toch of cola and smoke. Lovely with cheese.

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By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/22/2010  | Send Email
It's a rarity that we see the alpine wines from the Vallee D' Aoste make it to our store - the northwestern corner of Italy drinks most of its own wine. Add Oliver McCrum's name to the label as the importer, with an unknown varietal like Petit Rouge in the bottle, and I'll try it and likely enjoy it based only on that. This is a juicy, medium bodied red that reminds me of fruity barbera mixed with a bit of nero d'avola. Maybe a bit cab franc-ish as well. Over a few hours the wine really opens up and th flavors meld together with hints of herbs and spice. I had it with pizza and it was a fine pairing. This is something I would easily buy again.

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Other Red Wines

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Italy

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