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Arpepe Sassella Rocce Rosse Riserva 2009 1.5L
SKU: 23914

Arpepe Sassella Rocce Rosse Riserva 2009

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Category Red Wine
Region Italy, Lombardy, Valtellina Superiore
Brand Arpepe
Alcohol/vol 13.5%
Arturo decided to create his Riserva right in the heart of Sassella. He completely renewed the vineyard at 400 metres above sea level, which he had inherited from his father, and decided to produce a wine that could be made only with Nebbiolo from the Alps grapes, which they simply called Chiavennasca in those days. The year was 1984. Six years later, he decided the time had come to find a name for it and he and his wife Giovanna opted for Rocce Rosse. The colour of these "red rocks" was that of the passion that fired him to search for the bloody, iron-like flavour of the land of his ancestors, so indelibly impressed on his memory that no flash of modernity could ever have changed. And indeed, in a glass of Valtellina Superiore Sassella Riserva Rocce Rosse DOCG you can relish the flavour of a root that challenges the granite with its elegance and sincerity, while a gentle breeze rises up from Lake Como and refreshes the valley.
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Underbrush, camphor, forest berry and a potpourri of botanical herbs lead the way on 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.

October 1, 2020
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The 2009 Valtellina Superiore Sassella Riserva Rocce Rosse is a powerful, dense wine. Beguiling in its first impression, the 2009 opens up to reveal an exotic bouquet laced with dark spice, smoke, rose petal, lavender and star anise. On the palate, the 2009 is statuesque and ravishing in its beauty. More than anything else, it is the interplay of richness and structure that is so compelling here.

August 2019

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