Avalanche Pinot Noir 2018 Valais, Switzerland

Ruby red hue

Delicate fruit and saline sea aromas 

Rich and charming palate beautifully balanced by a crisp finish

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About the Producer

 The Caves du Paradis in Sierre, Switzerland,

was founded by Alex Roten in 1959.

Today, Alex’s grandson, Olivier, runs the winery and oversees the family’s prime vineyard land in the prized areas of Miège, Sierre and Salgesch in the Valais, Switzerland’s most respected wine-growing region.

Among the twenty or so wines

produced at the Caves du Paradis are the exceptional Pinot Noir from Salgesch and the Cuvée Mélèze, a unique blend of white wines matured in larch wood barrels.

 

The family embraces innovation while at the

same time upholding local traditions and preserving the natural environment. Olivier Roten is in the midst of transferring all of the family’s vineyard lands to certified organic farming. His focus is on quality and ensuring that his family’s wines represent the purest expression of the unique Valaisan terroir.

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  • Grapes

    100% Pinot Noir

     

    Pinot noir is a red skin grape variety originating from Burgundy, France. It is a thin-skinned variety that prefers cool climate vineyards and translates into light to medium body wines with profound aromas and complex layers of flavour, a fairly delicate tannin structure and good acidity.

     

    Pinot noir is grown all over the world – it’s most famous regions outside of Burgundy are Oregon, Sonoma Coast, Victoria and Tasmania in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and it is one of the key ingredients of Champagne! 

     

    In Switzerland, Pinot Noir existed historically in the canton of Vaud under the old name of Servagnin, where there are records of it dating back to 1472, and was later found in the cantons of Vaud and Neuchâtel from 1775 under the name Salvagnin. In Neuchatel, it has also been known by the names Tecou and Cortaillod since 1754, while in Valais it has become widespread since 1848 under the name Petite Dole. Its wines of international stature offer aromas of strawberry, and are generally fresh and delicate.

  • Region

    Coteaux de Sierre & Salquenen Valais, Switzerland

     

    The Valais is situated in the heart of the Alps and benefits from a unique Alpine climate with continental influences, which include cool nights, warm days as well as cold winters and warm summers. These daily and seasonal temperature shifts help create an ideal climatic environment for what we deem ‘perfect grape maturation’ with ripe fruit and balanced acidity. 

     

    The township of Sierre and its surrounding growing region is known for its poor, rocky and calcareous or limestone soil, which along with the extremely dry nature of the region, contributes to the overall quality of the grapes and our ability to make incredibly well-balanced wines that with little to no human intervention that are characterized by their subtlety and finesse. 

     

  • Viticulture

    The « Coteaux » or lower mountain slopes that make up the Valais wine growing region are for the most part south-facing which means that they benefit from decent exposure throughout day-light hours. While the steep incline of the slopes make it extremely challenging to work in the vineyards, they force all of the vignerons to work strictly by hand, as machines are not able to navigate the intensity of the steep hillside slopes. Meticulous care along with much time and precision is taken by the Vignerons in the Valais in order to make extremely high quality grapes from this Alpine terrain. 

  • Vinification

    The Roten Family has been making wine for three generations in honoring the local climate and terroir with the purity and freshness of their mountain roots.

    They focus on making wines with native indigenous grape varieties while respecting nature and all of its elements as much as possible.

     

    The winery has been in Organic conversion certification since 2019 and otherwise experiment with both new, innovative as well as more traditional winemaking techniques in the cellar, to make the best wines humanly possible from their beloved region. 

    Undergoes fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures between five and seven days. The wine is then aged for one year in concrete tanks before bottling.

     

  • Wine Spec

    Vintage: 2018

    Alcohol: 13%

    Name of Producer:

    Avalanche

    Swiss Wine Project

    Name of Wine:

    Pinot Noir

     

    Winemaker:

    Olivier Roten

    Origin: 

    Coteaux Sierre & Salquenen, Valais, Switzerland 

    Service temperature:

    8-10C

Salmon Fillet

Wine & Food Matching Ideas

Roast chicken

Roast duck

Lamb tagine

Salmon

Cheese & charcuterie platter

Sautéed wild mushrooms

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Try it with

Swiss Army Stew

by 

Andrea Sloenecker

I just couldn't resist highlighting this recipe that specifically suggests Avalanche Pinot Noir as a match. The stew is perfect for a cold winter's evening... whether you've been skiing or on the school run.

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