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Kukkula aato nv

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.

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

Technical 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.