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.
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.— Wine & Spirits June 2018
- 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.