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ARPEPE Valtellina Sassella Stella Retica 2015

Red Wine from Lombardy, Italy
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Powerful, yet delicate. An aroma that will evolve for days.


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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.

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"Woodland berry, camphor, wild rose and wet stone aromas shape the nose. The chiseled palate delivers red cherry, cranberry, Alpine herb and star anise set against taut, ultrafine tannins. Fresh acidity keeps it balanced. Drink 2022–2030." -Kerin O'keefe

What importer Skurnik Wines has to say about this wine...

100% Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo) from the Sasella vineyards of Rocce Rosse, Nuova Regina and Ultimi Raggi
50-100-year-old vines
400-500 meters elevation
South/southeast exposure
120-day maceration on the skins
Aged 18 months in 50HL untoasted casks
Rests 24 months in bottle prior to release
3,750 cases produced annually


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  • Style

    Aromatic , Earthy , Elegant

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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ARPEPE Valtellina Sassella Stella Retica 2015