ARPEPE Riserva Rocca de Piro Grumello Valtellina Superiore Nebbiolo 2011

$52

GUARANTEED BEST PROVENANCE: IMPORTED FROM ITALY BY AIR AND STOCKED IN CALIFORNIA The Valtellina is welded onto the Alps along the most northern area of Italy, in Lombardy not far from Milan and the famous Lakes District. Here you'll find some of the most exciting and expressive Nebbiolo wines in the world. Chiavennasca is the name given to the light, aromatic interpretation of Nebbiolo grown here. These are alpine wines, with vineyards growing along perilously steep slopes. Optimism and heroics are needed in equal measure when making wine here. What started in 1860 as simple family winemaking for local trading, Arpepe (named after the father Arturo Pelizzatti Perego) has become the prestigious leader in the Valtellina winemaking scene today. Isabella, Emanuele and Guido Pelizzatti Perego mark the 5th generation of winemaking, producing some of the best Nebbiolo wines just a stone's throw from the twin fortresses of Castel Grumello. The family's 2011 Grumello Superiore vintage of Rocca de Piro is delicious.  This medium-bodied red is soft and supple on the palate, with a rush of ripe cherry, tobacco, anise and balsamic notes, and some spiciness on the finish. Acidity and tannins are nicely balanced, making this a joy to drink today and has longevity in your cellar. Pair up this delightful Nebbiolo with Valtellina pasta dishes like Pizzocchero di Teglio, a buckwheat tagliatelle seasoned with cheese, potatoes, cabbage, sage, and butter that's to die for. It's also fabulous with Bresaola della Valtellina and Bitto cheese if you're thinking about uber-local antipasti. This Grumello is a natural paired with grilled beef and lamb dishes. Bottle Size: 750ml Alcohol: 13.5%

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Ratings on Delectable

Matt Perlman Delectable Pro

Needed a few minutes to open up but wonderfully aromatic and silky smooth. Sour cherry with floral and herbal aromatics.

Needed a few minutes to open up but wonderfully aromatic and silky smooth. Sour cherry with floral and herbal aromatics.

9.0

Brian Szluk Delectable Pro

Took time for the Brett to fade away, ended up being silky, rustic and lush.

Took time for the Brett to fade away, ended up being silky, rustic and lush.

9.2

Gabrielle Micheletti Delectable Pro

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Robert Weber

At prime

At prime

9.5

Ben Christen

Ar pe pe!!

Ar pe pe!!

9.3

Matthew Cohen

Nose is just piercingly clear cherry and cherry flower. A hint of mountain field. Palate is so clean. Almost like a mountain stream infused with cherries. Some spice. Almost a lavender extract. Wow. Very distinctive. As it opens some lovely dustiness on the palate. Finish is so perfect. Cherries. Lingering cherry licorice.

Nose is just piercingly clear cherry and cherry flower. A hint of mountain field. Palate is so clean. Almost like a mountain stream infused with cherries. Some spice. Almost a lavender extract. Wow. Very distinctive. As it opens some lovely dustiness on the palate. Finish is so perfect. Cherries. Lingering cherry licorice.

9.4

Ben Christen

Great wine. Wonderful light body, full flavor, great nose, cherry and earl grey tea.

Great wine. Wonderful light body, full flavor, great nose, cherry and earl grey tea.

9.4

Ian Hamel

Spring 2020. This had a brown spice bouquet and transparent but rounded palate. Very distinctive from Nebbiolo from the Langhe.

Spring 2020. This had a brown spice bouquet and transparent but rounded palate. Very distinctive from Nebbiolo from the Langhe.

9.1

Alexis Bendjouia

With Lauren. At Charlie. Happy place. Good times.

With Lauren. At Charlie. Happy place. Good times.

9.5

Sam Rosenstein

Slight spicy, mushrooms and very earthy. Dark cherry, juicy, little acid no tannin. Slight alc burn. Spicy really comes through. "There's a lot going on in this wine"

Slight spicy, mushrooms and very earthy. Dark cherry, juicy, little acid no tannin. Slight alc burn. Spicy really comes through. "There's a lot going on in this wine"

9.0

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