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La Cantina di Cuneaz Nadir, “Les Gosses” RossoVallée d’Aoste, Italy 2018 (750mL)

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La Cantina di Cuneaz Nadir, “Les Gosses” Rosso Vallée d’Aoste, Italy 2018 (750mL)

“Rather than send his grapes to the local cooperative, Nadir Cuneaz produces a minuscule amount of wine in his home and manages to even export some. We’re among a very lucky few to put hands on this peerless mountain red!”

This is the first time we’ve gotten our hands on Cuneaz “Les Gosses,” as it is produced in extremely small quantities.At one time, Nadir made wines just for friends and family, but he began producing “commercial” bottlings in 2009, at the urging of some of those friends—including fellow Valle d’Aosta winemaker Danilo Thomain, who introduced him to his importer, Rosenthal Wine Merchant. Most of the Cuneaz family vineyards are in the town of Gressan, some of them planted more than 100 years ago; “Les Gosses,” derived from a French term for “little children,” is Cuneaz’s love letter to the varieties so unique to this part of the world. It is mostly Vien de Nus, with smaller amounts of Petit Rouge and Vuillermin providing the balance—and all of them among the many native grape varieties that would likely be extinct were it not for small growers like Cuneaz.

Sourced from an assortment of south-facing parcels and vinified/aged in stainless steel, the 2018 “Les Gosses” is mountain-meadow fresh, aromatic, and luminous. It’s a medium ruby at its core, moving to pink at the rim, with lifted aromas of red currant, black and red cherry, plum skin, loose tea, black pepper, red and purple flowers, wet stones, and a faint hint of smoke. It is lightweight, electric, and takes well to a chill, which tames some of the acidity and brings the tangy berry fruit-forward. The tension is such that a 30-minute decant is recommended, along with something to pair with it—as delicious as it will be on its own, this wine’s true colors will show when paired with food.

  • CountryItaly
  • RegionVallée d’Aoste
  • Sub-RegionTorrette
  • SoilSand & Decomposed Granite
  • FarmingOrganic
  • BlendVien de Nus, Petit Rouge, Vuillermin
  • Alcohol13%
  • OakNone
  • Production54 cases
  • Temp.Serve at 55-60° F
  • GlasswareBurgundy Stems
  • DrinkingNow-2023
  • Decanting30 Minutes
  • PairingPolenta w/ Sausage Ragù

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