Lombardy, Italy

Arpepe

Il Pettirosso 2017

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ARPEPE
Il Pettirosso 2017
Lombardia, Italy

Named after the birds which fly above the terraced vineyards in Valtellina, this is an assemblage of wines from Sassella, Grumello and Inferno. The grapes were macerated for four months on the skins and aged in old botti for one year, producing a complex yet open wine that bears the hallmarks of each cru. A wine with an uncanny sense of place.

Nebbiolo


ABOUT THE PRODUCER

The Perego family has been tending vines on these sheer granite terraces in the mountainous Valtellina since 1860. The vines are so far north into the alps they are practically in Switzerland.

They work only with Nebbiolo, or Chiavennasca as it is called in these parts, growing the grapes up to 700 metres above sea level on sheer, south-facing, sunlit vines that dig straight into rock. The resulting fruit is intensely mineral.

Production is very much of the old-school and labour is intense, the hills making it very difficult to reach the fruit at all. Everything in the vineyard is done by hand and in the cantina the family exercises a soft touch with great patience, leaving the wines to rest until they are deemed ready for release.

The transparency of the grape, the singular landscape and the Peregos’ gentle hand in the cantina lend these wines a remarkable sense of place.