Debut of the “New Queen.” Discover the Aged Alpine Nebbiolo “Riserva” That Left Us Speechless! Produced Just Ten Times in the Past Forty Years from the Artisan of Valtellina Superiore. Just Five Cases.

“Readers with classically leaning palates will flip out over the wines… If you love aged Barolo or Barbaresco, do not miss this wine!”

How do we surpass our best-selling offering of the 2013 Ar.Pe.Pe. Valtellina Superiore Riservas? How bout another vintage, one with more age offering approachability and tertiary development that absolutely stuns today – sans the wait time. That’s exactly what the IWM Team went out and did. We are now busy tasting through an extensive library offering of this fabled Lombardia estate and their jaw-dropping expressions of alpine Nebbiolo – known as Chiavennasca. Once again, the wine that stopped us in our tracks is the Valtellina Superiore Riserva Sassella Nuova Regina - this time it is from 2009. It simply surpasses the now legendary 2013, as there is more age and this wine is absolutely singing today!

Dare we say it one more time, move over Barolo and Barbaresco, let alone Gattinara and Carema, the new “King of the North” or the rising star for the noble Nebbiolo might just be from Valtellina and its artisanal master, Ar.Pe.Pe.? The Perego family has been painstakingly tending to the alpine Nebbiolo vines at dizzying heights on the sheer granite terraces just south of the Swiss border since 1860. It should be noted that the ArPePe Valtellina Superiore Riserva Sassella Nuova Regina has only been produced ten times over the past forty years with a miniscule production of just 500 cases for the entire world. The single vineyard Nouva Regina translates to “New Queen” and is the product of some of the oldest vines of the estate. Now add to that a cult-like following for the producer and you begin to realize why very little arrives in the US.

Sure, it is another artisanal wine and story we love to share, but more importantly these are the ethereal, mind-bending wines that get us so excited about what we do and are simply why Italian Wine Merchants came to be. They are as Antonio Galloni, and many others have stated, “Readers with classically leaning palates will flip out over the wines.”That begins with the 2009 Ar.Pe.Pe. Valtellina Superiore Riserva Sassella Nuova Regina; if you love aged Barolo or Barbaresco, do not miss this game-changing wine!

As an added bonus, we are including the Valtellina Superiore Stella Retica (with age), a wine that Monica Larner has accurately summed up, "this is the quintessential mountain Nebbiolo."

FEATURED WINE(s): The Prized Nebbiolo Riserva of AR.PE.PE. with AGE!

For those new to this winery and the wines, Ar.Pe.Pe, is an acronym for their founder Arturo Pelizzatti Perego. We so often hear the phrase “wine is a labor of love” 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. Needless to say, it was a privilege to taste this aged release.


“I served an Ar. Pe. Pe. Sassella next to the best of Burgundy and Piedmont at a charity dinner, and it showed beautifully. The best wines of Valtellina can hold their own alongside long-established benchmarks. In my view, Valtellina is a region with tremendous potential, especially as the world furthers its love affair with Nebbiolo.” – Antonio Galloni

2009 AR.PE.PE. Valtellina Superiore Riserva Sassella Nuova Regina
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “It is a Riserva that is produced only in truly extraordinary vintages and that has only happened ten times for the Sassella Nouva Regina in past forty years, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2013. It is one of the veteran Sassella Riservas from the Ar. Pe. Pe. portfolio and is sourced from 50-year-old vines at 500 meters altitude within a subplot of Sassella. In this vineyard more rock than earth emerges, and it shows in the wine. For myself, and the IWM team, it is once again the single wine that sealed the deal, a personal favorite with its Barbaresco-like qualities. Let this wine breathe one hour and the nose alone is worth the price of admission - simply intoxicating. On the palate the saga continues, showing more tertiary development than the slightly stubborn 2013s. You can expect to find red fruit galore, highlighted by sour cherries, cranberries, blood orange, cinnamon spice, wild herbs, forest floor, tobacco, and a hint of truffle. WE LOVED THIS WINE FROM 2013, BUT WE APPRECIATE EVEN MORE WITH 2009. Stunning, a MUST-BUY if you love Italian wines. Just 500 cases produced.”

Antonio Galloni, Vinous: The 2009 Valtellina Superiore Sassella Riserva Vigna Regina is laced with hints of raspberry, white truffle, mint, pine and orange peel. Deep, resonant and also light on its feet like only Nebbiolo can be, the Vigna Regina hits all the right notes. Chalk, white pepper and a whole range of bright, saline notes extend the finish. In 2009, the Vigna Regina is arrestingly beautiful.”

This is an email ONLY offer! If you would like to take advantage of this offer that is only available until 11:59, Monday 4/12/21, or while supplies last), we are asking that you email orders back to me at chris.deas@italianwinemerchants.com, connect with your portfolio manager, or mention receipt of this offer if calling the store. All orders subject to confirmation and IWM is not responsible for typographical errors on pricing.

All my best,


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