Antonio Galloni calls the 2010 Ar.Pe.Pe. Sassella "striking from the first taste."
However, we think this eight year old Ar.Pe.Pe. is striking down to the very last drop!
North of Piedmont, at the foot of the Alps, Lombardy's Valtellina region is the source of outstanding Nebbiolo wines. In this valley, the land is at its steepest with terraced vineyards. Hand harvested, the fruit is carried in baskets on the backs of the farmers, as the land is too treacherous for machines.
So how does this shallow, rocky terrain influence the terroir and the wine?
Almost Burgundian in style and weight, Ar.Pe.Pe.'s Sassella Stella Retica Riseva has vibrant red fruit with rustic notes of bramble, crushed rose petals along with "sweet tobacco, game, red cherry and cranberry...Bright and salivating, with lively acidity laced throughout, the 2010 is an absolutely joyous wine to drink now and over the next decade...striking from the very first taste." Antonio Galloni
New York Times wine critic, Eric Asimov, has also chimed in about this winery's charm, noting: "No Italian-accented wine list can be considered in vogue these days without at least one of the excellent Valtellinas from Ar.Pe.Pe."