June 1, 2018
2015 Aatto - 93 pts from Wine & Spirits
Kevin Jussila was a home winemaker when he purchased an 80-acre Paso Robles walnut orchard in 2003. He has since planted close to 50 acres of vines, which he farms under organics, without irrigation. He ferments his wines without added yeasts and creates some unusual blends, like this one, which combines counoise, mourvedre and grenache in a muscular, lean and deliciously red fruited wine. It has Paso’s effusive ripeness, but it’s tempered by a lean, mineral-inflected tannic structure that sustains and focuses the flavors. Decant a bottle for slow-braised pork shanks.