Arpepe / AR.PE.PE. "Il Pettirosso" Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2017 (Lombardy, Italy) - [WE 93]

Arpepe / AR.PE.PE. "Il Pettirosso" Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2017
(Lombardy, Italy) - [WE 93]

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  • 100% Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo)
  • 50-100-year-old vines
  • 400-550 meters
  • Southern exposure
  • 100-day maceration in 50 -hectoliter untoasted oak casks
  • Rests 24 months in bottle before release
  • 2,000 cases produced annually

Tucked in between the Orobic and Retic Alps just south of the Italian-Swiss border, you’ll find the terraced vineyards of Ar. Pe. Pe.

At the helm of this storied estate, located in the Grumello subzone of Valtellina in Lombardy, is the fifth generation of the Pelizzatti Perego family.

The roots of this blue-chip estate go back to the 1860s, when the current generation’s great, great grandfather Giovanni founded a successful winery in the area, then known only as “Pelizzatti.”

Over 150 years of history have passed since then, including the dark days of the 1970s during which the current generation’s grandfather fell ill, and the family was forced to sell the Pelizzatti brand along with some of their vineyards.

The more recent history of the estate is an almost deus-ex-machina turn of events: the family re-founded their company under the Ar. Pe. Pe. label in 1984, reclaimed many of their proprietary vineyards from renters, and were able to reclaim their cellar in Grumello.

Today, Ar. Pe. Pe. is widely recognized as the single best producer in the appellation (as well as a benchmark producer of Nebbiolo in general)

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast: 
Pressed rose, wild berry, smoke and dried Alpine herb aromas emerge from the glass. The graceful palate offers red cherry, cranberry and star anise alongside a salty mineral note while deft tannins provide lithe support. Fans of concentrated, muscular wines may find it too ethereal but lovers of finesse will be smitten. Drink through 2026. — Kerin O’Keefe