Elio Ottin is one of the Valle d'Aosta's most undisputed stars. Nestled right up against the border of Ricola-popping, Alphorn-blowing Switzerland, Ottin runs a small polycultural farm (cattle, apples, grapes, more); it's farmed 100% organically and powered entirely by renewable sources. This is a man whose wines are positively spasmed over by those lucky enough to get their hands on them. The Slow Wine Guide recently wrote a review of the man & his wines... and you could tell they could scarcely keep from shouting:
"Elio Ottin produces some of the best wines in all of Italy. His house-cellar-stable is located between the Western Alps, just outside the city of Aosta. Here at an altitude of 600+ meters he raises vines of Petit Arvine, Cornalin, Fumin and Pinot Noir on calcareous and stony soil on steep slopes. In this harsh, cold and dry climate, the vine struggles to survive and Elio works like crazy to give life to extraordinary wines. He is not fully aware of how good they are.“
Whether he's aware of it or not? His 2018 Fumin is as good as ever! Deep ruby-purple in hue, it's structured, earthy, and loaded with dense dark fruit. Think notes of blackcurrants, tea leaf, bark and violets, with Fumin's characteristic peppery and delicate smoky accents. Ever wondered what a lovechild of high-elevation Syrah would taste like if it eloped with Nebbiolo and set up a chalet in the Swiss Alps? Wonder no further!
Between a) natural scarcity, b) worldwide critical love, c) an insatiable local market, and d) the minuscule amount imported to the US, it's amazing to even be able to get this wine. But to get it at the best price in the US on one bottle, and the best price ever offered on a case? It's a nigh-Mountain Miracle!