2015 Treves Petite Arvine Val d'Aosta

SKU #1269144 93 points James Suckling

 What a wonderful white with white pepper, sliced apple, lemon, and mineral character. Full to medium body, bright acidity, and a flavorful finish. Love the spice to this. This is an exciting new wine for me. Drink now.  (11/2016)

K&L Notes

This is an amazing wine, the first vintage ever from the Treves family, which has been growing grapes for generations in Val d'Aosta and have decided to make wine from their own grapes--a whopping 280 cases. Petite Arvine is one of the many local indigenous grape varieties in Val d'Aosta, which is nestled in a tiny valley in the Alps connecting France and Italy. The native language there is French, not Italian!

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
This lovely Swiss varietal always gets me going. The wine is very light colored almost clear with flecks of green. White peaches and almond blossom, slight savory nuttiness. More body than expected with great length and a long medium level acidity that keeps it from feeling heavy. A pretty serious little wine masquerading as an aperitif, although the versatility here is endless. I'd pair up with a more serious food if necessary, although it could easily stand on its own if you don't want to bother cooking.

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/14/2016 | Send Email
Valle d'Aosta is one of lesser known Italian regions here in the US so we're always excited to offer exceptional wines from this zone. Bordering both France and Switzerland in the Northwest corner of Italy, this narrow Alpine valley is lined with vineyards. The Treves Family has just released this impressive and very aromatic white wine that highlights distinctive alpine minerals, ripe pear and lemon on both nose and palate. Texturally it's smooth, elegant and mouth-filling with a long, lemon fruit finish. A very fine Italian white wine.

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2016 | Send Email
Floral and citrus aromas give way to lengthy finish that hints of salt. plain & simple, but the wine is not

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2016 | Send Email
I was immediately taken in by the complex nose of this Italian Alpine white. It is reminiscent of the whites from both Switzerland and France's Savoie region. Loads of crushed rock, dried apples, hints of lemon rind and that crispy crunchy cool as snow feel that I love from this style of wine. The Treves is a touch richer than the average white from those areas, which leads to more depth and a longer finish. This is a serious white wine. A perfect white to go with all kinds of grilled fish, the oilier the better. Even better with those crustaceans like a spicy shrimp dish or some steamed clams with chorizo.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2016 | Send Email
This is compelling and unique with flavors and aromas of ocean spray, spice, citrus and apple blossom. The rich and textured middle is lifted by fresh acidity and there is a palate cleansing salty tang on the finish. This is delicious and not like anything else in the store.

Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2016 | Send Email
This Treves was my first time trying to Petite Arvine grape, and let me tell you, I am sold! The wine is wonderfully full bodied and rich so my mind was waiting for the vanilla or malolactic flavors from heavily oaked chardonnays to appear, but there is no oak influence in this wine. Instead I found a beautifully clean wine with white floral notes and meyer lemon. It finishes with great acidity and minerality. An excellent wine to pair with food or enjoy on it's own.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/15/2016 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is filled with Alpine flowers, ripe pear and a bright savory quality. On the palate the wine is expansive, rich almost to the point of oily but is restrained at that point. While the body is omnipresent the real driving force of the wine is its minerality, a forceful driving point right down the middle of your tongue that cleaves through the richness and creates a superb synergy of tangy acid and mineral with a mélange of ripe fruit. The wine has a haunting, beckoning appeal, its supple, flowing nature juxtaposed with that mineral edge that creates a scintillating finish that seems to go on for minutes.
Drink from 2016 to 2025

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/11/2016 | Send Email
I was so excited to see this hit the shelves, it has been a wile since we had anything from the Val d'Aosta. This is a beautiful cork dork wine from a beautiful cork dork region. High tones fruit that is crystalline, with very subtle herbal notes and tons of minerality. There is so much extract that the stoniness almost turns salty, one of my favorite things in wine. It is not so weird and obscure that it is not delicious, it essential evaporates from your glass without you noticing!

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