2008 Les Cretes Valle d’Aosta Fumin

September 16, 2014

Name:Valle d'Aosta Fumin
Vintage:2008
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Fumin
Producer:Les Cretes
Region:Italy / Valle d'Aosta
Alcohol:n/a

Complex nose and plenty of character. Cedar box soaked with juices of fresh blackberries which were stored in it until just a few moments ago. Pen ink, tobacco, eucalyptus, leather. As it breathes, Sangiovese and Cab Sauvignon themes peak out. Good balance, nice tannin texture, smooth, somewhat austere.

2003 Les Cretes Valle D’Aosta Vigne La Tour Fumin

September 16, 2014

Name:Valle D'Aosta Vigne La Tour Fumin
Vintage:2003
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Fumin
Producer:Les Cretes
Region:Italy / Valle d'Aosta
Alcohol:n/a

The nose suggested at least 1 more years over what’s indicated on the label, yet the flavor profile matched the expectations of a 10 y.o. wine. Maybe storage issues are in play, but heavy mushroom and some oxidation notes on the nose are a bit confusing.