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From vines grown in Flysch di Cormons (mixed sandstone and marls), fermented and aged in barrel. Pale gold robe. A touch shy aromatically upon opening, but with a quick decant, the aromatic palette expands: scents of white flowers, golden delicious apple, orange oil, and honey vie with notes of wet stone and iron for prominence. On the multi-layered palate it displays flavors of stone fruit, acacia, Mirabelle plum, with a steely mineral character and a fine zesty acidity on the long, detailed finish. As with other bottles of Borgo del Tiglio from this era, decanting the wine and following it over an afternoon reveals a surprising amount of aromatic detail and textural complexity. Decanted and served a bit cooler than cellar temperature, this pairs beautifully with the local Prosciutto San Danielle, sea food, and fresh cheeses. John McIlwain
Ready to drink — ‘a punto’, says an Italian taster nearby — this is reminiscent of an elegant and refined 1989 Barolo, like Cappellano, or Conterno Cascina Francia. All of the aromatic and palate components of mature Nebbiolo are present, with aromas of stone and limestone, strawberry, spices, tar; the tannins are ripe and soft; this is an absolutely gorgeous wine, a beauty. ‘Buon Consiglio’ translates as ‘good advice’… Pay attention!
*This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.* Ar.Pe.Pe works with longish fermentations (20-25 days) and 3 years in botte of oak and chestnut for the Riservas. The Valtellina doesn’t generally produce the intense tannin and high acid of Barolo and Barbaresco (sadly most winemakers there choose to use barriques to make up for the relatively delicate structure of Valtellina fruit), but Sassella tends to produce somewhat firmer wines. This shows a bit more structure than the Grumello, with lovely richness and velvety tannins, and a very Barolo-like presence – if your Barolo was about 25 years old. Kirsch/cherry, spices, a bit saline, with orange and iron on the finish. A real achievement and a great wine.
The very high quality of the Ar.Pe.Pe wines is reflected in their relatively high prices, but this is a Valtellina Rosso that totally whips the competition; frankly it completely exceeds the category and is better than almost any other comparable wine from the region.
One of the most famous vineyards in Barbaresco, Pajé is an amphitheater with calcareous marl and limestone soils, and southwest exposure. The vines range from 25 to 50 years old. The 2013 Pajé, though still very young, is already showing extremely well, with a beautiful core of red berry fruit, cherry, and lifted floral tones of rose and violet, with hints of dried lavendar. Ripe, well integrated tannins. Very elegant. Oskar Kostecki