Arpepe., Rosso di Valtellina 2018Regular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
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.
This Rosso di Valtellina was the result of a challenging harvest back in 2003. The winery was making only single cru wines at the time, and thus decided to blend all their crus together to make this Rosso. It became an integral part of the Ar.Pe.Pe. wines thereafter. Some of the vines are up to 100 years old! The wine undergoes up to twelve months in small casks, usually chestnut, French, or Slavonian oak before its release.