2013 ArPePe Grumello Buon Consiglio Riserva (750ml)15 0 0 0
"ArPePe represents the essence of tradition in Valtellina. Long fermentations and lengthy aging in cask gently coax the essence of each site in this range. The wines are delicate, powerful and full of nuance at the same, in the way only Nebbiolo can be. Readers with classically leaning palates will find so much to admire..." - Antonio Galloni (Vinous)
ArPePe 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.
"One of two late-release wines from Ar. Pe. Pe., the 2013 Valtellina Superiore Grumello Riserva Buon Consiglio is a beautifully light and delicate expression of Nebbiolo with a lean, ruby-tinged appearance. The wine ages to silkiness and extreme suppleness, and I cannot help but notice the unique aromas of toasted hazelnut, mountain flower and balsam herb that rise so delicately from the bouquet. These results are exquisite and ultra delicate, giving the wine a lithe or ethereal personality. What a beauty. Only 6,000 bottles were released." 95+ points - Monica Larner (Wine Advocate, February 2021)