Ar.Pe.Pe., Inferno Sesto Canto 2009Regular price $125.00 Save $-125.00
In conversation with Italian winemakers, or vignaoioli if you will, Arpepe is arguably the best of the best. Wine publications don’t seem to disagree; the awards are countless. No wonder, given the amount of work and care that must go into the vines, grown on precariously-stacked terraces on the slopes of Valtellina, two hours north of Milan toward the Swiss border. Here, at these heights, Nebbiolo is known by another name, Chiavennasca. It grows in villages that might bring to mind Rosemary’s Baby – Sassella, Grumello, Inferno! The high-altitude, cool weather climate transforms the grape into something quite different than what you might find in neighboring Piemonte. While Barolo may be king, Valtellina is a wizard.
2009 was the first vintage for this wine. Inferno is the name of the Valtellina subzone from which it hails. While knows the technical reasoning why the area is named after “hell,” it is suggested that the slopes where the vines reside become noticeably hotter than other areas in the valley. Maceration of the grapes takes place over 70 days. The wine ages for 39 months in casks and then rests for another three years in bottle before it is finally released. Just 500 cases were produced.