Elio Ottin, Fumin 2013 (4.5/5)
Produced by Elio Ottin (vigneron but also apple farmer and breeder) from Val d'Aosta. Ottin started to produce his own wines since 2007, before then grapes were sold to the local cooperatives.
It's the first time I've tasted something from this producer and I have been positively impressed. The Fumin 2013 is a wine featuring great personality, vibrancy and balance. It reminds me of some the New Californian Syrah wines highlighted by Jon Bonne', with a (northern) Italian twist.
Val d'Aosta is the smallest of Italy’s regions bordering France and Switzerland and being home to the highest vineyards in Europe...what local producers love to call viticoltura di montagna. Ottin's 4 hectares vineyard is planted at 600 mt a.s.l. on very steep and rocky south facing hills located between the communes of Saint-Christophe and Quart. Sustainable viticulture, quite dry climate for the latitude, strong temperature excursions and long macerations are the key points giving rise to these authentic, racy and intense wines.
The 2013 Fumin appears med+ red/purple with good legs. On the nose it's clean offering, with med+ intensity, notes of hedgerow fruits, fresh violets, spices and smoky hints of incense.
On the palate is dry, with lively acidity, medium (very soft) tannins, medium alcohol, medium body. Med+ Finish. Great freshness on the mid-palate and alluring combination of flavours reverberating towards a med+ finish.
Very Good quality, Drink Now or hold, Medium Price and a very good value for money. Fumin, Val d'Aosta, Italy.