Arpepe 'Rocce Rosse' Valtellina Sassella Superiore Riserva, Italy, 2009
This is a powerful, dense wine (by Arpepe standards). Like most of their wines, this is beguiling, with smoke, dark spice, lavender and star anise on the nose. There's a richness and structure that reflects the granite terraces, the hard working vines, the 40 day maceration and 5 years of aging in barrel, concrete vats and eventually bottles. A triumph.
One of The Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 wines of of 2020.
"Underbrush, camphor, forest berry and a potpourri of botanical herbs lead the way in this stunning wine. The chiseled, savory palate is loaded with finesse and intriguing tension, doling out pomegranate, blood orange, licorice and truffle while flinty mineral adds depth. Firm refined tannins and bright acidity provide the elegant backbone. Drink through 2034." Kerin O'Keefe October 2020