ARPEPE is short for Arturo Pelizzatti Perego, the founder of the estate. Sadly Arturo passed 15 years ago, but his children have continued the work he started. Emanuele and Isabella have expanded the winery and this allows them the luxury of patience. They can age the wines for years in tanks, concrete vats and large neutral oak barrels until they are ready to bottle, and they can age them even longer in bottle until they are ready to sell and drink.The vineyard work is laborious and almost entirely by hand due to the steepness of the slope. They eschew the use of herbicides and pesticides and essentially farm the same way as their ancestors did.
What importer Skurnik Wines has to say about this wine...
100% Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo) from the Sasella vineyards of Rocce Rosse, Nuova Regina and Ultimi Raggi50-100-year-old vines400-500 meters elevationSouth/southeast exposure120-day maceration on the skinsAged 18 months in 50HL untoasted casksRests 24 months in bottle prior to release3,750 cases produced annually
Aromatic , Earthy , Elegant
ARPEPE Valtellina Sassella Stella Retica 2015