Aatto is probably our most unusual, exotic wine, both aromatically and in the flavor profile.
It’s made up of mostly Counoise and Mourvedre, with small amounts of Grenache.
Glistening red. Highly perfumed red fruit, potpourri and baking spice aromas show impressive vivacity and take on a succulent herb nuance with air. Juicy, alluringly sweet and precise, offering palate-caressing raspberry, blueberry and floral pastille flavors and a hint of spice-cake. Closes very long and seamless, displaying sharp focus, even tannins and strong, floral-driven persistence. There’s 15.4% alcohol here, but you’d never know it, or at least I didn’t. 94 pts
Josh Raynolds, Vinous— Vinous December 2020
- Vintage 2017
- PH 3.88
- TA .56
- Alcohol 15.4%
- Production 277 cases
Finnish for, “eve”, as in Christmas Eve. My dad’s name; he was born on Christmas Eve (Joulu Aatto).
My dad was a dreamer, like me. I guess I got his restless DNA. He was born in Finland in 1932, was essentially orphaned by the time he was 10, jumped on a ship with one of his brothers to Canada in his early-20s, met my mom, had kids, and ultimately moved us to Southern California. The land of opportunity!
Although he realized some of that opportunity, he never quite got a hold of the reins the way he envisioned. He inspired me to realize that dream. I feel totally privileged to be here today, and because of that I give my dad a nod, an acknowledgement that I’m here because of his dreams.