From: Valtellina, Lombardy, Italy
Varietal: Chiavannasca (Nebbiolo)
Tasting Notes: As always, a wine that over delivers in every way. From vines more than fifty years old planted over granite, fruit is sourced from the lower parts of their parcels across the various crus at around 350-400 metres above sea level. The grapes undergo a long, gentle maceration with the skins in tini, before being pressed off to big old chestnut casks. This is a perfect introduction to the kind of lithe, perfumed Nebbiolo they do so well.
Ar. Pe. Pe. is one of the best traditional wineries from the mountain region of Valtellina near the Swiss border. Here, the Nebbiolo grape attains the finesse and precision of Pinot Noir. This scrumptious, Burgundy-style red is full of sweet red berries and a firm tannic grip on the end.
100% Nebbiolo that is vibrant, with notes of fresh-cut flowers, rose petals and sour cherries, held together by a backbone of lithe tannins. Using traditional winemaking methods - the grapes are harvested manually even though the vines cling to a rocky slope - Ar Pe Pe has achieved a wine of subtle complexity that speaks to its Alpine roots.
Unlike the more famous Nebbiolo appellations of Barolo or Barbaresco, this wine is ready for tonight’s table and would appeal to lovers of Burgundian Pinot. Any edgy tang dissipates with a slight chill and decant, leaving the wine with a gorgeous line of acidity. I need little prodding to crack open this bottle, but for the sake of pairing, it marries beautifully with creamy pasta, gooey cheese, or white meats.
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