Valtellina Superiore Sassella Riserva Rocce Rosse 2001

Winery: AR.PE.PE.
Region: Lombardia
Grape Variety: Chiavennasca a.k.a. Nebbiolo
Products: Red
Price: 1 395,- Kč

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Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo) 100%. Rocce Rosse is the name of a grand cru in Sassella.


Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo) 100%. Rocce Rosse is the name of a grand cru in Sassella. Massal selection from their own vineyards of 50-100 years, as well as a clonal Valtellina selection from the Fojanini Foundation. The grapes are sourced from 400-500 m in Sassella, from 4ha Rocce Rosse.
Plant density is 5,500-6,000 vines/ha. The average age of vine is 50 years, varying from 10-100 years. A Guyot Simonit & Sirch training system with vineyard row planting north-south to favor sunlight effect on the vineyard and to avoid too intensive heat during the hottest hours of the day.
The vineyard is left to grass with midget species. Grass is cut by hand.  Vines are trained through a double-wire system and crowns are cropped.  The soil composition is loamy-sand with an acidic pH. Exposure is south-east. Rocce Rosse was harvested on 27 October 2001.

To this wine Arpepe dedicates its highest lying and most important grand cru vineyards, in vintages when grape skins are very thick and the polyphenolic extraction requires very long macerations and long maturation.

The mass is blended in cement after 48 months in 50hl wood tins and barrels. Spontaneous fermentation. A short cold (natural) maceration of 24-48 hours followed by a pied de cuve fermentation start. Then follow 30 days of maceration in 125hl cement vats. Clarification is only done, with egg albumen, if required. A gross carton filtration of 20 microns takes place prior to bottling.
In vintages with thick grape skins the goal is to exalt in the best possible way the characteristics of this single grand cru.


Alcohol: 13.02%
Residual sugar: 1.1gr
Total acidity: 5.50 g/l
Total sulphites: 90 mg/l
Free sulphites: 24 mg/l
pH: 3.49
Yield per plant: 1kg

Wine Description

The precious fruit from the incomparable experience of five generations of viti-viniculturalists is the most faithful and elegant expression from the heart of the Valtellina. Alive and fresh, it caresses the palate with a symphony of aromatically harmonious aromas. 
Serving Temperature: 15°C

Food Pairing

Perfect with red meat and game, it also works wonders with very structured fish dishes.

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