ArPePe

Valtellina, Lombardia

Sassella Riserva Ultimi Raggi

2009

From a parcel in the very highest part of Sassella, around 600 metres above sea level, this is what the great sforzato wines once were and perhaps what they ought to be.The Perego’s believe that a true expression of grape, place and vintage is lost when one dries grapes away from the vineyard. Instead they harvest their fruit late, in this case in the middle of November, allowing the overripe grapes to dry on the plant. The wine spends 30 days on skins in tini and four years in huge old chestnut casks and is impossibly deep – full of warmer, sweeter fruit, it screams for a good hunk of cheese from the surrounding hills.

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