As children, we always hoped to find edelweiss when walking in the mountains, but the excursion would always be longer than our legs were strong, and we were generally exhausted before we found one. The wonderful thing was that we never lost the desire to go back and look for one, even at the cost of walking all the way to the glacier. Just like the mountaineer who dedicated a climbing route to our wine: you’ll find it on a map, on the Rhaetian side, for it’s the one with the name Sassella carved into it. Valtellina Superiore Sassella Stella Retica DOCG – it’s almost a tongue twister, but then so too is the first sip: tense enough to capture and still astonish you, yet smooth enough not to catch you unprepared. Long maceration can do wonders also for young wines, which year after year will amaze you with their innate ability to evolve. The correct ripening of the grapes means doing everything at exactly the right time, weather permitting. This means that grapes, even from the
"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,
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