2019 Arpepe Valtellina Superiore Inferno Flamme Antiche

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Intense and approachable expression of Valtellina Nebbiolo that drinks so beautifully even while young.

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The 'Inferno' is the hot pocket of a vineyard in Poggiridenti that is shielded from cooling winds, so the Nebbiolo ripens deeper and quicker.

It's fresh, cool and herbal, like all the Arpepes, but there is some extra fruit concentration and succulence. All the raspberry and cherry red fruits and a long, silky palate.

Can easily be approached now such is the delicioso quota.

"Unreal. Next level in 2019. Succulence and DNA of Nebbiolo is so firm and wonderful."
- 96 pts, Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

The Valtellina Superiore Inferno Flamme Antiche tells of granitic rock that warms in the sun and hovering in the air like a flame that saturates the nostrils of his intoxicating scent. This warmth is the secret of the perfect ripening of the grapes that come exclusively from the steep and sunny slopes of the Municipality of Poggiridenti.

Nebbiolo with a very fine tannin texture and a lively freshness, which on the nose tells of alpine herbs and the land from which it comes. Its color recalls the shades of the "Reds of Maranello", but the steep road of "Arboleé" that leads from the third bend of the "Circuito dell'Inferno" to the vineyard, seems not to be suitable for sports cars ..

96 points - "Poached strawberry and cherry, aniseed/liquorice root. Juicy liquorice-laced pumice stone and volcanic dusty tannin is terrific, and it’s so spicy and long to close. What a specific and terroir driven wine this is. Unlike anything else. Tannins really rip here. Unreal. Next level in 2019. Succulence and DNA of Nebbiolo is so firm and 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.

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