2007 ArPePe Sassella Riserva Rocce Rosse (750ml)

2007 ArPePe Sassella Riserva Rocce Rosse (750ml)

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Ar.Pe.Pe stands for Arturo Pelizzatti Perego, who today comprise the team managing this brilliant estate. This is a winery that enjoys cult status in Europe. There's a certain mystique to the wines with the quality to back it up. Ar.Pe.Pe.'s range starts from simple regional Rosso di Valtellina to cru wines from the specific sub-zones Sassella, Grumello, and Inferno. Production is very small at about 5,000 cases a year in total. Their wines could not be more traditional - long, slow macerations (to favor gentle extraction of tannins) followed by extended aging in large botti, some oak, some acacia, others chestnut, and none new. These are wines you should get to know if you like classic Nebbiolo.

"Intoxicating scents of smoke, flint, dried mountain herb and woodland berry are just some of the multifaceted aromas you'll find in this dazzling Nebbiolo. It's extremely elegant, with a weightless intensity, delivering Marasca cherry, crushed strawberry, white pepper and tobacco framed by fine tannins. Vibrant acidity gives it impeccable balance, while a flinty mineral vein energizes the finish. Some may find this almost too ethereal while lovers of finesse, complexity and balance will be enchanted. Drink through 2027." 98 points/#26 ENTHUSIAST 100 2018 - Kerin O’Keefe (Wine Enthusiast, Apr. 2018)