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  • Writer's pictureJohn Paul Kaminga

Alpine Refreshment: Petite Arvine

Vineyards that supply grapes to La Crotta di Vegneron, one of Italy's best cooperative wineries, in the Vallée d'Aoste (aka Val d'Aosta), a truly alpine wine region

La Crotta di Vegneron is a collective of about 120 growers with small scattered plots around Chambave, in the Vallée d'Aoste (due to the proximity to the French border and the preponderance of French speakers at this end of the valley, it is appropriate to use the French spelling of the region). One of the smallest cuvées at the winery is their Petite Arvine, of which around 100 cases are produced annually. So if you buy a case of this (something we can't recommend highly enough) you'll be getting around 1% of the total production. This wine is not only extremely limited, it is also delicious and an incredible deal in a region where growing grapes is an arduous endeavor. We are absolutely thrilled to have this wine at Craft and Cru. We are sure there's a host of you that will feel the same about having it in your fridge and cellar.

La Crotta di Vegneron Petite Arvine 2020 - $19

Ethereal yet intense, like the alpine air that nourishes the grapes of the Vallée d'Aoste. Aromas of white peach, green melon, green banana, crunchy pineapple, citrus blossom, wild herbs, and a whisper of honey and nuts. Zippy, fresh and tart on the palate; super crisp fruits upfront; stony, herbal and floral notes through the middle; all of its elements melding on the beautiful incisive finish. This will hold up nicely for at least a few years, losing the melon and banana notes, softening and developing its delicate nutty side, but no doubt retaining gorgeous levity and freshness. Delicious!

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