Wine Reviews

Petite Arvine 2019 – Ottin

Petite Arvine 2019 - Ottin - © Ph. Piero Pardini - The Wolf Post
Written by Piero Pardini

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The company was born from the passion of cultivating the land. In 1989, Elio Ottin was young and was not afraid to dream. After training at the Institut Agricole Regional, at the age of 23 he bought the first plots of land in the area between the municipalities of Quart and Saint-Cristophe. It was virgin terrain, difficult to work, with steep slopes. A land that, a few years later, will become terroir and will mark all the company’s wines with an unmistakable imprint, giving minerality and verticality: a real heritage of wines from the Aosta Valley mountains.
Talking about wine is still early, however, and the company, as we know it today, was born on three sides at the same time: the cultivation of apples, grapes, given to a cooperative in the area, and the breeding of cattle. These are small plots and few head of cattle, but the moment is good and with the right determination it seems possible to grow.
In 1999, Elio takes what will prove to be the most important and right choice in his life: he definitively leaves his permanent position in the regional offices to devote himself entirely to his business. Hunger for improvement, passion and enthusiasm led, in short, the company to expand.
In 2000, the project for the construction of the new complex began, which will include a stable, a cold room for apples, a warehouse and the house. There are dreams that are so big and important that they are jealously guarded within themselves until the day they can be realized. So it was for Elio and for his dream, to engrave his name on a bottle and pour his essence into it: the creation of his own wine.
2007 became the year zero, with a production of 30,000 bottles and 3 wines: the Petite Arvine, the Pinot Noir and the Torrette Superieur. The dream is fulfilled.
In the following years, the range of wines was strengthened with the arrival of Fumin, an indigenous grape vinified in purity, and in 2011 by Nuances, a selection of Petite Arvine vinified in wood.
In 2009, the new cellar was inaugurated (originally, the vinification room was divided with two other local producers within another farm), located exactly below the house. A space that is still small but well organized, which over the years will undergo various changes and extensions. The road to quality is an infinite path to the top, but Elio is no longer alone to follow it: alongside him there is now his son, Nicolas, and this is what he himself defines as the greatest success. of him.
In 2018, Emerico becomes the spearhead of production and 2019, with the planting of 2 ha of vineyards and the construction of the new barrel cellar, marks a new year zero, a second start, which will enrich the production of new expressions of what Elio and Nicolas have of the terroir.

Owner: Elio Ottin
Oenological management: Elio Ottin
Agronomic management: Elio Ottin
Viticulture: conventional
Vineyard hectares: 8
Bottles produced: 50,000
Direct sales: yes
Visits to the company: yes
Foundation year: 2007

Wine: Petite Arvine
Variety composition: 100% Petite Arvine.
Alcoholic strength: 14.5% vol.
Vintage: 2019.
Classification: DOP.
Land altitude: 650/700 m a.s.l.
Soil type: sandy.
Exposure: South.
Training system: guyot.
Plant density: 8,000 plants per hectare.
Yield per hectare: 70/80 quintals of grapes.
Harvest: manual with selection of the bunches.
Harvest period: beginning of October.
Permanence on the lees: 7 months.
Refinement in bottle: 4 months.
First vintage produced: 2007.

Petit Arvine 2019 - Ottin

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Visual exam
Clarity: crystal clear
Color: straw yellow
Consistency: consistent
Observations: lively with greenish reflections.

Olfactory examination
Intensity: intense
Complexity: quite complex
Quality: fine
Description: floral, fruity and mineral
Observations: the sample opens with hints of fresh magnolia and mimosa flowers, fruity scent of apricot, melon and pineapple, mineral notes of flint and slate. Citrus nuance.

Taste – olfactory examination
Sugar: dry
Alcohols: hot
Polyalcohols: quite smooth
Acids: fresh
Tannins: – – –
Minerality: salty
Structure: full-bodied
Balance: balanced
Intensity: intense
Persistence: fairly persistent
Quality: fine

Final remarks
Evolutionary state: mature
Harmony: quite harmonious

Pairings: maltagliati with swordfish ragout.

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About the author

Piero Pardini

Da Maggio 2002, giornalista pubblicista.
Coautore del saggio "Gianni Clerici - Lo scrittore, il poeta il giornalista", Le Lettere, Firenze.
Dal 2015, Sommelier AIS (Associazione Italiana Sommelier- Italian Sommelier Association).
Scrive di vino, enogastronomia, sport, tecnologie.
Dal 2016, direttore responsabile di "The Wolf Post", di cui è il fondatore.

Freelance journalist, since May 2002.
Co-author of the essay "Gianni Clerici - The writer, the poet the journalist", Le Lettere, Firenze.
Since 2015, Sommelier AIS (Italian Sommelier Association).
He writes about wine, sport and technologies.
Since 2016, founder and editor-in-chief of "The Wolf Post".