The Valle d’Aosta DOC is located in the extreme northwest of Italy. Surrounded by the Alps, the Valle d’Aosta is home to the highest elevated vineyards in all of Europe. The Valle d’Aosta is Italy’s smallest wine producing region both in terms of size (Rhode Island) and production with only about 330,000 cases produced annually in the region, and only 36,000 cases produced under the DOC label. The extreme growing conditions and climate make viticulture here a risky, but heroric act with many rewards.
The tiny Triolet winery is located in Introd, Aosta, on the south side of the Dora Baltea river and just three miles from the spectacular peaks of the Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso. The Martin family runs the winery as well as a small agriturismo all at 760 meters (2500 feet!) above sea level in a historic building dating back to 1656. The history of the winery is comparatively short: it was founded in 1993 by Marco Martin, who had learned his trade growing up in a family of vignerons, and eventually working as a viticultural expert for the regional (and autonomous) government of Valle d’Aosta.
100% Petite Arvine is planted to sandy soils of morainic origin.. Fruit is hand-harvested and gently pressed following a short maceration. Wine aged sur lie in temperature-controlled stainless steel for 6 months prior to bottling.
“The Lo Triolet 2018 Vallée d’Aoste Petite Arvine opens to a luminous off-gold color, and the wine wears a little more weight on its lean frame. The bouquet is peachy and fruity with ample background notes of honey and even a touch of cumin or coriander spice. It fills out nicely on the palate with broad, sweeping intensity. That extra power might pair well with a local potato side dish of patate campagnarde, made with thinly sliced onions and laurel leaves.” – 92 points, Wine Advocate (ML) – March 2021
We adore this wine! Makes one think of fresh mountain springtime air! Pure and fragrant and a hint of alpine! Do I hear the “Sound of Music”?