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Aatto

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

Techical Details


  • 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.