2005 AR.PE.PE. Valtellina Superiore - Sassella Riserva Rocce Rosse


  • Italy
  • Lombardia
  • Valtellina
  • Valtellina Superiore - Sassella
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Community Tasting Notes 11

  • soyhead wrote:

    June 21, 2019 - nose - nutty, balsamic
    mouth - complex - chestnut, cherry, potpourri of red fruit, complexity reminiscent of an older bordeaux. impressed

  • Burgnick wrote: 90 points

    July 8, 2018 - Drank in a wine store in Biarritz. Barnyard funk and dirt on the nose. Palate was earthy and savoury with bramble fruits. Tannins have been resolved. It drank like a mature beaune red from burgundy.

  • Derek Darth Taster wrote: 93 points

    May 27, 2018 - At home in Sonoma. Some Italian to break the monotony of tasting USA wines. Drank from bottle over a few hours.
    Appearance is clear, medium intensity, ruby colour. Legs.
    Nose is clean, medium intensity, with aromas of forest floor earth, cool stones minerality, wild red berries, sour red cherries. Developing.
    On the palate, dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (13%), puckery high tannins, medium+ body. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of sour red cherries, red plums, brambly red berries, crunchy cool stones minerality, savoury forest floor earth, pine resin and sap. Long finish.
    Very good quality. Lots of cool Nebbiolo feel and expression of terroir. Many more years of life ahead for this.

  • cct wrote: 93 points

    April 28, 2018 - Transparent ruby. A savory and earth driven nose with soil, tobacco, iron, and savory more than fruit driven. Dark cherry and fruit bordering on plum, with bay leaf, and subtle florals: more violet than rose, all with a strong sense of minerality. Deceptively powerful in a mid weighted body with depth and a sense of sappiness to the fruit. Very well balanced. The ripeness of the fruit is held in check by its acidity and earthy, savory components. On the back end with some time some menthol and balsamic notes fan out into the finish. There is a weightlessness to its power and an ease to drinking this complicated wine that belies its seriousness and nuanced structure. Everything comes to gather nicely into a youthful, promising wine. I would love to drink this with a rabbit or cinghiale ragout pasta. Outstanding. 93+

  • JonnyG wrote: 90 points

    January 24, 2018 - Unsurprising barnyard funk with each pour, which quickly blew off to reveal a shy nose and somewhat austere fruit. Air time helped, but the wine remained somewhat thin. Glad I tried it but wouldn’t relish another go.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    The Last Frontier: Nebbiolos of Alto Piemonte & Valtellina (Jun 2018), 6/18/2018 (link)

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  • By Gary Walsh
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  • By Walter Speller
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer AR.PE.PE.
  • Varietal Nebbiolo
  • Designation Riserva Rocce Rosse
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Italy
  • Region Lombardia
  • SubRegion Valtellina
  • Appellation Valtellina Superiore - Sassella

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  • In Cellars 87 (65%)
  • Consumed 46 (35%)

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