Valle D’Aoste is Italy’s northern most growing wine region and also it’s smallest. It also one of Europe’s highest altitude growing region, located on western slopes of the Alps. Bordering France and Switzerland both Italian and French are this areas official languages. Valle D’Aoste is also populated with international grape varietals as well as indigenous grapes used for wine production.
The Grosjean family has been producing wines in Valle D’Aoste for centuries; it started commercial production in 1969. Grosjean Freres, Pinot Noir, Vallee D’Aoste, IT, 2009, is a great wine to try from this region and family. It is light ruby red in color and has aromas of cherry and strawberry with some smoky notes as well. On the palate the cherry and strawberry blends with bright citrus and the smokiness blends into a pleasant earthiness. It finishes with light smooth tannins for a medium finish. Enjoy this wine with black bread for dipping into fontina cheese fondue. This wine will also go great with traditional dishes server with Pinot Noir, such as grilled salmon and lighter chicken dishes.