Pinot Nero Ottin, Valle D'Aosta, Italy 2014

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Pinot Nero Ottin, Valle D'Aosta, Italy 2014

25.50

Jancis Robinson's 'Wine of the Week':

Jancis Robinson MW: "When I first tasted it I was rather flummoxed. It tasted nothing like any other Pinot Noir I had encountered. Not the complex majesty of a fine burgundy, nor the immediate fruitiness of a New Zealand version, nor the freshness of one of the increasing number of light-bodied Pinots made the length of the eastern Pacific coastline.

It was rather impressive the way it opened up in the glass – always a good sign in my experience. Pale cherry red, it was obviously ripened in a fair bit of sunshine – and initially seemed very slightly dry in the sense of having thick skins. But this cheery and rewarding wine also had excellent acidity, perhaps in this case the result of being grown at high elevation, and real grip and graininess on the palate (slightly like an Ahr Spätburgunder). I loved the combination of purity and grunt in the wine. The assertive fruit has a certain charming sweet ripeness to it and yet it's very far from being sickly or syrupy. We finished the bottle over two or three evenings with very varied food and this young, unoaked Pinot seemed to take on all-comers. The alcohol level noted on the label is 13.5%.

The vines from which this wine was made were Burgundy clones planted by the Ottin family in 1989 on their steep, south-facing terraces at around 590 m elevation – very high for Italy. The Ottins continued to deliver their grapes to the local co-op until son Elio started his own label in 2007, having taken over management of the small six-hectare wine farm in the early 1990s. Right from the start his wines won acclaim in Italy."


Jancis Robinson.com (Richard Hemming): "The ripeness of red fruit here is more Australian than European, and there's a gorgeous stemmy note too. Very sophisticated and classic. Lovely acidic zip on the finish. Superb fruit clarity, and an earthy mushroom note that persists on the finish. A previous wine of the week." 17.5 points & Good Value

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