Ruby and garnet highlights. Ripe summer blueberry and spices (green pepper) with a very slight touch of hazelnut on the nose. Full and round on the palate with dark fruit and smoky cedar elements. Long, fruit driven finish with firm, chewy tannins.
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Because wineries in the Aosta area were not allowed to produce Syrah-based D.O.C. designated wines in the Aosta Valley region, Les Crêtes winery began producing the Coteau la Tour as table wine in the 1995. Even without the coveted D.O.C. the Coteau La Tour won still acknowledged as an award winning wine in Italy, for example, receiving the "tre bicchieri” of Gambero Rosso in 2001). Wine regulations have changed since then and now permit D.O.C. designated Aosta Valley Syrahs. Since the 2007 harvest Les Cretes has been proudly producing its D.O.C. designated Syrah
Soups, and pasta with meat based sauce like ragù. Medium and long cured cheeses (for example, "toma”, "fontina”), fondue and red meat.
With 25 hectares (62 acres) of grapes dedicated to wine production, Les Crêtes is the largest privately held vineyard and winery operation in the Aosta Valley. The Aosta Valley, located in northwest Italy, is Italy’s smallest and least populated region. It is an alpine valley with grape growing conditions typically associated with mountain elevations.
Close to Mont Blanc and surrounded on three sides by the Italian, French and Swiss Alps, it is a beautiful and unique part of Italy.
Les Crêtes vineyards are planted in both indigenous vinifera varieties (Petite Arvine, Petit Rouge, Fumin, Mayolet, Cornalin), as well as the more traditional vinifera varieties (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Muscat) which are also well adapted to the region’s climate and soil conditions.
Les Crêtes vineyards are located along the Aosta Valley’s Dora Baltea river and are distributed among vineyard blocks in six different villages; Saint Pierre, Aymavilles, Gressan, Sarre, Aosta and Saint Christophe. Plant densities in the vineyards range from 7,000 to 8,000 vines per hectare.
Because the Charrères believe great wines always start with quality grapes, vineyard management at Les Crêtes is firmly based on a meticulous agronomic management system. Spraying to control diseases is kept to a minimum to protect the regions delicate terroir and to follow the new E.U. rural policies for preserving mountainous areas.
The soils that have developed over the centuries on the glacial morain hillsides around Aymaville are composed of a mixture of sand and calcareous rocks. Les Crêtes vineyards are located at relatively high mountain elevations (600 to 1,000 m. /1,970 to 3,280 ft.), and due to the high elevation climatic conditions, the harvests at Les Crêtes often begin in late autumn. This gives the grapes time to ripen while exposed to a wide variation in day and night temperatures, a natural process which adds to the unique aromatic character and flavour profile of the resulting wines.
Les Crête’s Winemaking: Les Crêtes produces about 230,000 bottles annually (19,200 cases). The winery, the heart of the estate, is located in the scenic Aymavilles area of the Aosta Valley. Visitors to the winery can view the 16th Century Côteau la Tour tower which stands high above the surrounding vineyards and is the symbol of Les Crêtes and its line of quality crafted wines.
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