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.
Vivid ruby-red. An expansive bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, sandalwood, vanilla and potpourri. Sweet, seamless, and penetrating on the palate, offering energetic raspberry and cherry cola flavors sharpened by a smoky mineral quality and a touch of white pepper. Finishes long and spicy, with sneaky tannins lending shape and discreet grip. 40% new French oak puncheons. 93 pts
Josh Raynolds/Vinous— Vinous/Josh Raynolds September 2021
- Vintage 2018
- PH 3.79
- TA .58
- Alcohol 15.8%
- Production 210 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.