ROSSO DI VALTELLINA 2017
The Rosso di Valtellina DOC from ARPEPE first saw the light in 2003, after a sweltering summer that had put our vines and our winegrowers sorely to the test. It would not have been fair to demean all their hard work by selling off the grapes, which were unsuitable for making a vintage wine. The choice came naturally: what might have had little value in the distant future could be given great dignity when young. The Rosso di Valtellina thus acquired a free and light-hearted personality, even though its elder siblings, more serious and refined, feared it might not last for years.
Grape Variety: Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo) 100%
Maceration: 115 days in wooden vats 50 hl
Ageing: 6 months in big barrels 50 HL, concrete, bottle
Alcohol: 13% vol
Vinous – “The Ar. Pe. Pe. 2017 Rosso di Valtellina is very pretty and lifted in feel. Crushed flowers, sweet red berry fruit, mint and white pepper give the 2017 an attractive top register of aromatic intensity as this airy, mid-weight Valtellina red opens up in the glass. The 2017 can be enjoyed now or cellared for at least a handful of years. I find it irresistibly delicious right now. Drinking window: 2020 – 2027.” (90 Pts)