Arpepe Sassella Ultimi Raggi Riserva 2013 750ml
SKU: 02347

Arpepe Sassella Ultimi Raggi Riserva 2013

  • v93+
  • ws92

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Category Red Wine
Origin Italy, Lombardy, Valtellina
Brand Arpepe
Alcohol/vol 13.5%
Not drying grapes in "fruttaio" sounds rather odd to red wine lovers in this land, but if one is to remain true to one's vision, one may indeed appear to be odd at times. This wine, born in 1999 from an Arturo's idea, plays on the slightly drying of the grapes in the vineyards, up to 600 meters above sea level, at the highest point of Sassella, in the zone called "Ere". The right waiting time to reach the right degree of phenolic ripening of the grapes can take some weeks later than in the vineyards below. The variations in temperature between day and night during the harvest add strength to the skins and concentrate the sugars. The fruit slowly dries in the wind, while still attached to the vine, as it prepares for its winter rest. Just before the snow comes, between the middle and end of November, the grapes are picked, gently crushed and pressed in a wooden vat. At the first racking, it is completely dry and acidity levels are quite pronounced. The super-ripeness mitigates the nervous tannins of Valtellina Superiore Sassella Riserva Ultimi Raggi DOCG and ageing in large barrels smoothens out its rich texture. The sweetness of the ripe fruit thus lingers in the fragrance, without any cloying softness on the palate. After ageing in the bottle, Ultimi Raggi becomes the wine with the highest alcohol content of our production, while losing none of the freshness and mouthfeel of Nebbiolo from the Alps.
  • v93+

The 2013 Valtellina Superiore Sassella Riserva Ultimi Raggi is a bit austere. Red purplish fruit, dried herbs, orange peel, spices, rose petals and cinnamon are layered in this exotic, beguiling Valtellina Superiore. Readers will find a wine of terrific energy, with bright acids that run through a tight finish. It's hard to say for a wine that is nearly ten years old, but the 2013 might still need time!

March 2022
Wine Spectator
  • ws92

A minerally red, with smoke and stone notes lacing the juicy sun-dried cherry and strawberry fruit. It's well-balanced and expressive, a fresh and accessible version with fine-grained tannins providing light, taut definition. Accents of tea rose, red licorice and ground white pepper linger on the finish. Drink now through 2028. 500 cases made, 175 cases imported.


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