2015 Ar.Pe.Pe Valtellina Superiore Sassella Stella Retica

Valtellina Superiore, Italy

One of the great producers of Nebbiolo outside of Barolo. Enchanting Nebbiolo from a cracking vintage in the Valtellina Superiore region.


Flat out beautiful. Pretty, yet strong.

Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

For over 150 years, this family have made wine but it wasn't until 1984 that patriarch, Arturo Pelizzatti Perego (see Ar.Pe.Pe.) decided to dedicate himself to the pursuit of making world-class Nebbiolo from their home region of Valtellina.

Their fabled terraced vineyards are found in the heart of the Valtellina Superiore DOCG, with their plantings split across three sites: Sassella, Grumello and Inferno. Sassella is all red rocky soils and perilously steep slopes. A diabolical place to grow grapes, however, the results of Nebbiolo grown on this site can be mesmerising.

This is one of the rare Nebbiolo wines outside of the Piedmonte region that drive collectors crazy. This is a beautiful release and will mature elegantly for a decade or more.

The next generation: Guido, Isabella, Emanuele Pelizzatti Perego
The next generation: Guido, Isabella, Emanuele Pelizzatti Perego
Valtellina Superiore, Italy
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From The Producer

The edelweiss always hoped to see it as a child during mountain walks, but the hikes were often longer than your breath and most of the time you got tired before finding it. The beauty is that you always wanted to go back and look for it at the cost of reaching the glacier. As did the climber who dedicated a route to our wine: you can look for it on the maps of the Rhaetian side, the one in the Alps where Sassella is carved .

Valtellina Superiore Sassella Stella Retica DOCG , almost a tongue twister, like the first sip: tense enough to catch you still terrified, soft enough not to catch you unprepared.

The long maceration can do very well even for young wines, which year after year will be able to amaze you with their innate capacity for evolution.
The right ripening of the grapes requires great care in the choice of times, as far as weather conditions permit. This is how the grapes of the same vineyard are the result of infinite variables that men can only manage to a small extent. That part that we, with natural transport, like to call "work".

Blend : Nebbiolo (100%)
ABV : 13.00%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml

Sassella Arpepe Vineyards
Sassella Arpepe Vineyards
Valtellina Superiore, Italy
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Wild fennel, dried rose perfume, wild strawberry, dusty and spicy. Medium weight, succulence of red fruit layered with alpine herb scents, minerally acidity, some orange peel bitterness, fine brick dust tannin, pretty perfume and all that aniseed and the like on a long clean finish. Flat out beautiful. Pretty, yet strong." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)


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