Today we talk about a very interesting Italian wine from Aosta Valley, the “Vin de Sabla” by “Les Crétes”.
This wine is produced mainly from local vine varieties, which are grown in the same area of their historical origin: it is therefore not a vine transplanted from other areas.
The native vines at the base of the Vin de Sabla are Petit Rouge (in percentage to 30%), Fumin (30%) and Mayolet (10%). The remaining 30% it’s Barbera grape.
Petit Rouge is one of the most used and valuable Aosta Valley native grape: it gives the wine a purplish red color, tending to garnet, intense and fruity perfumes and a good softness on the palate.
Fumin is the last native grape enhanced recently in the Aosta Valley: it gives the wine purple hues, slightly herbaceous aromas and, if aged, hints of earth and leather.
The Mayolet is a native Aosta Valley vine mainly used to “blend” other varieties: it brings finesse, smoothness and alcohol to the wine. (editor’s note: The “blend” is a mixture of different wines by grape variety, provenance or age)
The Vin de Sabla by Les Crétes, purplish in color, comes with a good consistency and structure.
It’s a young wine with intense aromas of fresh fruits, strawberry, cherry and red and black berries.
On the palate this wine is rounded and fruity, pleasant in pairing with meats, medium-aged cheeses and meat dishes.