375ml (Half Bottles)
3000ml (Double Magnums)
Brunello di Montalcino
Languedoc & Rousillon
Agricola San Felice
Braida di Giacomo Bologna
Canalicchio di Sopra
Cascina La Barbatella
Case Basse di Soldera
Castello dei Rampolla
Castiglion del Bosco
Dal Forno, Romano
Fattoria di Fubbiano
Poggio di Sotto
Porta del Vento
Produttori del Barbaresco
Rocche dei Manzoni
San Giusto A Rentennano
Tenuta San Guido
ArPePe Valtellina Superiore Sassella Stella Retica 2015 750ml
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SUB-REGION: Valtellina, Valtellina Superiore
“Wine is a labor of love.” We so often hear this phrase from winemakers, but there is perhaps no producer or wine that epitomizes this statement better than Ar.Pe.Pe. in Valtellina. It is here in the
mountainous alpine region of Lombardia, that Nebbiolo, known locally as Chiavennasca, clingingly grows up to a dizzying 700 of meters altitude for a truly unique terroir-driven expression of Italy’s noble varietal.
At first glance, you feel you might need a mountain climbing apparatus or some serious Velcro just to walk the vineyards. This is truly extreme viticulture; these are heights with angles of steepness that challenge and surpass those of Hermitage, Priorat, or even that of Cinque Terre. The threat of landslides and vertigo are very real, and the harsh reality is that this unforgiving terroir makes little economic sense for winemaking. It is mindboggling to hear that these steep, alpine vineyards at Ar.Pe.Pe. require up to 1,500 hours of labor per hectare each vintage. In comparison to some important wineries in Tuscany and Piedmont, that is three to four times the amount of labor.
For those new to this winery and the wines, Ar.Pe.Pe, is an acronym for their founder Arturo Pelizzatti Perego.
The wines featured here are each a magical expression for the Nebbiolo purist, as well as those that appreciate old school Burgundy and Rioja, or delicate wines of absolute finesse, acidity, chiseled structure, and quiet power.
They truly are a unique expression of the land, and alongside Sandro Fay, and a few others, they are what make Valtellina so exciting to watch and taste. This is further heightened as we enter years that show the impact of global warming for these northmost winemaking regions. The wines are not inexpensive, but they are grueling to produce and arrive with seven years of age and the beginning of tertiary development. If you love discovering the magic of Nebbiolo, this is a chapter to read and experience.
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