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AR.PE.PE., Valtellina Superiore Riserva, “Rocce Rosse”Lombardy, Italy 2002 (750mL)

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AR.PE.PE., Valtellina Superiore Riserva, “Rocce Rosse” Lombardy, Italy 2002 (750mL)

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“We can think of few “cult” producers that have captured the public imagination like AR.PE.PE. This small property in Italy's remote, mountainous Valtellina region is producing some of the most beguiling expressions of mature Nebbiolo you’ll ever taste.”

The “cult wine” category has largely been co-opted by Napa and Bordeaux producers making luxuriously oaked, extravagantly priced reds. Today's 19-year-old gem is none of those things, but it has a rabid cult following nonetheless: Working out of a cellar literally chiseled from rock in Northern Italy's Valtellina region, AR.PE.PE. has won every accolade imaginable by drawing on an impressive library of well-aged wines and re-defining the potential of Nebbiolo. This is a long way from Barolo, literally and stylistically, but the wines of Valtellina share something important with their Piedmontese cousins: longevity. Remarkable finesse and ethereal perfume define this breathtaking 2002, which is even more breathtaking when you learn its exceedingly modest price. Like the Grand Crus of Burgundy or Champagne, a handful of top vineyards in the Valtellina have been elevated above the rest with a “Superiore” classification. One such site is Sassella, the source of this “Rocce Rosse” Riserva. This is AR.PE.PE.’s most prized old-vine parcel in the Sassella cru, totaling a mere four hectares, and they treat it with extreme deference/patience in the cellar. And yet, even after four years of slow evolution in large barrels and a dozen more in bottle, this reference-point red is just now entering its peak drinking window. 

  • CountryItaly
  • RegionLombardy
  • Sub-RegionValtellina
  • SoilRed Granite
  • FarmingSustainable
  • BlendNebbiolo
  • Alcohol13%
  • Oak50HL Barrels
  • Temp.Serve at 60-65° F
  • GlasswareBurgundy Stem
  • DrinkingNow-2030+
  • Decanting60 Minutes
  • PairingTagliatelle w/ Pesto & Bresaola

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