Ar.Pe.Pe. Sassella, Nuova Regina Riserva, Valtellina Superiore, Italy, 2013
Rock and more rock, on terraces of rock, bound by drywalls of rock. This could be the most emblematic of Valtellina wines. 50 years old Nebbiolo vines, 67 days of maceration and 39 months in barrels, vats and bottle. This is a wine with incredible finesse and silky tanins, not a heavy hitter by any means, rather a delicate creation that reveals itself gently.
Pairs well with bresaola, grilled lamb, roast vegetables
"Arpepe 2013 Sassella Nuova Regina Riserva (Valtellina Superiore). Loaded with finesse and energy and still youthfully austere, this linear, structured red offers tart cranberry, blood orange and star anise sensations. A vein of salty mineral provides the backdrop while fine-grained tannins provide elegant structure and support. Racy acidity keeps it balanced. Give it time to fully develop and blossom into even more of a beauty."
- 22 of the Top 100 Cellar Selections in The Wine Enthusiast's 2022 rankings.
- Drink 2025–2035.