Rosso di Valtellina, Ar Pe Pe
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Rosso di Valtellina, Ar Pe Pe - 2015

Item # 24503 750mL
$34.99/ Single Bottle
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Tasting Notes

Ar. Pe. Pe. is one of the best traditional wineries from the mountain region of Valtellina near the Swiss border. Here, the Nebbiolo grape attains the finesse and precision of Pinot Noir. This scrumptious, Burgundy-style red is full of sweet red berries and a firm tannic grip on the end.


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Staff Pick Notes

One of the store owner’s favorite wines, he describes it as “persistent.” I would add that this 100% Nebbiolo is vibrant, with notes of fresh cut flowers, rose petals and sour cherries, held together by a backbone of lithe tannins. Using traditional winemaking methods - the grapes are harvested manually even though the vines cling to a rocky slope - Ar Pe Pe has achieved a wine of subtle complexity that speaks to its Alpine roots. Unlike the more famous Nebbiolo appellations of Barolo or Barbaresco, this wine is ready for tonight’s table and would appeal to lovers of Burgundian Pinot. Any edgy tang dissipates with a slight chill and decant, leaving the wine with a gorgeous line of acidity. I need little prodding to crack open this bottle, but for the sake of pairing, it marries beautifully with creamy pasta, gooey cheese, or white meats.

- DGT

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Lombardy

Home to lighter-bodied renditions of Nebbiolo from the villages of Grumello and Sassella, Lombardy produces the unique interpretations of Nebbiolo called Sfursat (or Sforzato). With these wines, the mountain-grown Nebbiolo grapes are dried for several months in the Amarone style, yielding reds of extraordinary depth and very pronounced aromas of red flowers and crystallized red fruit. While...

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