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ArPePe

ArPePe Rosso di Valtellina 2016

$39.99

Country: Italy

Region: Valtellina

Type: Red Wine

Grape: Nebbiolo

The terraced vineyards of ARPEPE are tucked between the Orobic and Retic Alps just south of the Italian-Swiss border, in the Grumello subzone of Valtellina in Lombardy. This estate dates back to the 1860s, when the Pelizzatti Perego family's great-great-grandfather Giovanni founded a successful winery in the area, then known only as “Pelizzatti.” Over 150 years of history have passed since then, including the dark days of the 1970s during which 

After an unfortunate turn of events in the 1970's when the current generation’s grandfather fell ill, and the family was forced to sell the Pelizzatti brand along with some of their vineyards, in 1984, the family re-founded their company under the ArPePe label, got back many of their proprietary vineyards from renters, and were able to reclaim their cellar in Grumello. Today, ArPePe is widely recognized as the single best producer in the appellation. The estate vineyards, all planted to Nebbiolo, are spread across 13 hectares in Sassella, Grumello and Inferno, in the heart of the Valtellina Superiore DOCG area. Production is completely by hand, as are all harvest practices. 

In this wine, the Nebbiolo grape attains all the finesse and precision of pinot noir. This expressive and elegant red is full of sweet red berries, leather and white pepper, with lovely acidity and a firm, tannic grip on the end.

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