1999 Arpepe Terrazze Retiche Pettirosso

Ar.Pe.Pe |Valtellina |Nebbiolo
Earthy and ethereal mature Valtellina Nebbiolo in a perfect drinking window.

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'Pettirosso' is the italian word for 'Robin' - the beautiful small bird is a constant visitor around the vineyard and winery.

It is also the flirty entry point into the world of high brow Arpepe Valtellinas, normally a mix of fruit from the famous Grumello and Sassella plots.

The 1999 is now in now it a perfect phase of development for those you enjoy almost-mature, earthy, truffly Nebbiolo. It is wonderfully graceful, still with some red fruit behind the secondary characters.

Just a wonderful aged wine that could go even further.

The woods are full of these birds, those that today loom over the vineyards of the Valtellina , once it has been planted with vines up to much higher altitudes. They rarely enter the cellar, but that day he placed one on an old wooden barrel, as if he wanted to warn us of something. A few days later while she was tasting the wine, Isabella noticed a slight leak from a stave of the belly, those of acacia. The wine seemed to be ready for the bottle and the barrel unfortunately needed to be replaced. It was too little to decide to make a label and so with Emanuele he chose some barrels of that '97, the most ready, to make Il Pettirosso

Ar.Pe.Pe

Arpepe is an historic estate based in Valtellina in the very north of Italy, specialising in Nebbiolo, with an alpine twist.

Arpepe, is often written as Ar.Pe.Pe. which are the initials of the modern founding father, Arturo Pelizzatti Perego. The family have been growing Nebbiolo here since 1860 but Arturo founded the modern incarnation in 1984. The variety is known locally as Chiavennasca.

The family now have over 13 hectares within Valtellina Superiore DOCG area, around the areas of Sassella, Grumello and Inferno, making a bewildering amount of different Nebbiolo. They all reflect an overarching philosophy of viticultural practice in synergy with the rhythms of the Alps, and slow, long maturation in the cellar.

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