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Il Pettirosso

37,00 inc. VAT

Il Pettirosso, the robin redbreast, can be found everywhere in the woods looking down on the Valtellina. The 2016 is the fourth ever vintage of this cuvee, with the first appearing in 1997. For every vintage, maceration and ageing are decided on the spot. This vintage has had 100 days of maceration in chestnut vats with no toasting. 100% nebbiolo from the alps from the Sassella and Grumello cru’s at 400 to 550 meters. A rich, structured and compact nebbiolo with the sweetness of the Grumello vineyards and the minerality of the Sassella vineyards. Clear notes of fresh dark fruits are accompanied by strong mineral and savory hints, with a long, fresh, spicy finish.

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About the producer

The Pelizzatti are a family of winegrowers who have cultivated the noble Nebbiolo for over 150 years. The variety has, over the centuries, adapted to the region of Valtellina, a valley of glacial origin, furrowed by the river Adda, which runs for a full 120 kilometres from east to west, from the Stelvio Pass to Lake Como.

The spectacularly terraced vineyards are the heritage of the people who have tended them for centuries. Dry-stone walls hold back poor soils composed of flaked granite where the roots of the alpine Nebbiolo vines have dug deep and found all the nutrients they needed to create and maintain an extraordinary genetic variety. The south-facing vineyards are fully exposed to the warmth of the sun and receive a cool breeze from the north, allowing the fruit to reach the full extent of their maturity.

The production at Ar.Pe.Pe is traditional and labour is intense, the elevation and pitch of the terraces make it very difficult to reach the fruit at all. Therefore, everything must be done by hand. The family exercises a great amount of patience and restraint in the creations of their wines; they are rested until they are ready to be released. The result is an exceptional, mature, delicate and perfumed mountain wine.