Arpepe - Rosso di Valtellina, Italy (2020)
Grip, power and a spicy intensity initially mask the surprising lightness of this beautiful wine. Gorgeous perfume, red fruit and a long, persistent finish.
100% Chiavennasca (the local synonym for Nebbiolo) grown on steep slopes with a south-east exposure 350/600m above sea level. The hand harvested grapes were macerated for 69 days in large wood vats, aged for 5 months in a mix of chestnut demi-muids and concrete. Arpepe make their wines the way they always have for over 150 years.
The Valtellina is a valley of glacial origin, furrowed by the river Adda, which runs for a full 120 kilometres from east to west, from the Stelvio Pass to Lake Como.
Embraced in between the Alpi Retiche and Orobie, it runs parallel to chain of the Alps and enjoys a unique microclimate. From dawn to sunset, the sun warms the terraced vineyard, which is set like a precious stone on the Rhaetian slope, fully exposed to the south and soothed by the cool breeze from the north.
Dry-stone walls hold back poor soils composed of flaked granite, where, since time immemorial, the root of the Nebbiolo from the Alps vine has found all the nutrients it needs to create a genetic variability that is unsurpassed.