2009 Ar.Pe.Pe Inferno Sesto Canto Riserva

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Ar.Pe.Pe |Lombardia |Nebbiolo
A benchmark aged release from the most powerful vineyard under the Ar.Pe.Pe banner. 96+ points, Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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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. Inferno is the powerhouse vineyard that produces brooding, thunderous wines of towering stature.

The 2009 Sesto Canto Riserva refers to the sixth circle of hell of Dante's Inferno, where debts are paid by the sinners. It paints a dark and gothic image for a wine that is itself dark and imposing. It's a phenomenal wine that will reach it's peak over the coming decades if you can wait.

In the Sixth Canto of Dante's Inferno, the penalties inflicted on sinners are told. The landscape is tormented by the eternal rain: Cerberus horribly latra showing his teeth, but Virgil silences him by filling his jaws with earth.

We are in the third circle, just like our vineyard, at 450 meters above sea level, is located on the third bend of the road called "Circuit of Hell". Circuit that saw Arturo protagonist in numerous editions of the Valtellina Rally Cup, his other great passion, which led him to dream of a Reserve of Hell that celebrated the power, the roar, the atonal rumble of a harsh land that leaves you speechless. In 2009 we decided that the time had come to give life to his dream: Valtellina Superiore Inferno Riserva Sesto Canto DOCG . An amazing year, with scratchy tannins, which in the long aging in chestnut barrels gave us a wine as thundering as the big voice of a solemn song.

96 Points - "Blazing away. Almond paste, redcurrant and blackcurrant, perhaps some chocolate. Full-bodied, intensity of fruit, ripe but very firm tannin, pixelated and clear, stones and blood, superb length. Complete. Hits the ground from high and lands perfectly poised. Wonderful." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)


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.

Arpepe Vineyards - Valtellina, Italy Arpepe

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