Red Wine

Chiavennasca

Chiavennasca is a synonym for Nebbiolo. The name used in Valtellina for the variety.

Nebbiolo from Valtellina tends to be more feminine, tannin management more critical during the winemaking process. Well managed vineyards produce wines with a great core of vibrant fruit and fine texture.

Nebbiolo, pronounced NEH-bee-oh-low, is such a unique variety. The name is derived from the Italian word Nebbia meaning fog.

Two theories for the name exist. The first that it refers to the fog that the vineyards of the Langhe are often immersed in. Second that the natural bloom that covers the grapes gives them a foggy appearance. Given the latter applies to most red grapes I prefer the former! There are 4 main clones of which Nebbiolo Lampia dominates over  Nebbiolo Michet, Rosé (now proven to be a different variety), and, Bolla.

Where is it grown?

Southern central and north Piemonte: Langhe including Verduno, Roero, Ast, Carema, Biella, Novara and Vercelli. In Alto Piedmonte’s Gattinara, it is known as Spanna, we have seen Giacomo Conterno buy Nervi to produce wines in this region. It is also grown in the lower parts of the Valle d’Aosta where it is known as Picotendroi, and, Valtellina in Lombardy where it is called Chiavennasca among others.

What does it taste like?

The ultimate case of not judging a book by its cover, Nebbiolo, at first appears pale in colour, old wines can have the appearance of rusty tap water.

Then you smell it! The aroma of most red wines is dominated by fruit characters. In contrast, Nebbiolo’s aroma is typically a mix of complex secondary aromas, earthy, tarry, spice, rose, citrus peel, woody herbs like rosemary, liquorice, phenol, dark chocolate, tobacco, truffles, leather, and, dark cherry fruit, often more evident on the palate. You’ll see this difference immediately by comparing it two the other two main Piedmontese varieties Barbera and Dolcetto.

Good Nebbiolo has a core of fruit running the length of your tongue, along with layers of those same secondary characters. Nebbiolo’s grape tannins give it a distinct texture, that for those who have not tried it before can seem hard, and, unyielding. Look for the quality and depth of tannin.

Achieving well balance tannin, alcohol, and, acidity makes for great Nebbiolo.

More than most other Italian wines, Nebbiolo, demands food to be at it’s best. A little fat and salt, enhance the texture and bring out the flavours.


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The 2013 Superiore Riserva’s

Ar.Pe.Pe Valtellina Superiore Riserva Inferno Sesto Canto 2013

The first release of the Sesto Canto since 2009 & it's Amazing!
$145
$140ea in any 3+
$135ea in any 6+

Ar.Pe.Pe Valtellina Superiore Riserva Sassella Rocce Rosse 2013

When, in spite of yourself, you are forced to step aside in order not to cause any harm, try at least to take with you the hope that one day you’ll see your dreams come true. When you find the strength to get back on your feet, you’ll see those distant targets approaching: the the right waiting time is what separates you from the goals you set yourself. This is how we remember Arturo, when he stubbornly decided to create his Riserva right in the heart of Sassella. He completely r
$145
$140ea in any 3+
$135ea in any 6+

The 2016 Pettirosso

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Ar.Pe.Pe Valtellina Superiore Pettirosso MAGNUM 2016

The Robin has landed! Ar.Pe.Pe's blended Superiore 50% bold Grumello + 50% fine, delicate, mineral Sassella!
$158
$151ea in any 3+
$144ea in any 6+

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Ar.Pe.Pe Valtellina Superiore Pettirosso 2015

The Robin has landed! Ar.Pe.Pe's blended Superiore 50% bold Grumello + 50% fine, delicate, mineral Sassella!
$75
$72ea in any 3+
$69ea in any 6+


Two Cracking Valtellinas from Sandro Fay!


2016 Shines in Valtellina!

Pinot-esque!!

Sandro Fay Valgella Valtellina Superiore Riserva Carteria 2016

Grace under pressure. The purity, line & length, and, expression of this wine is exceptional.
$105
$100ea in any 3+
$95ea in any 6+

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An absolute pleasure to add Rainoldi’s wines to the Chiavenesca’s of Ar.Pe.Pe, Pietrisco, and, Sandrofay!
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Sandro Fay Valtellina Superiore Costa Bassa 2018

Loads of pleasure here, the harmony, and, the inviting, drink me, nature of the wine is just the beginning. It really has every thing in all the right places.
$54
$51ea in any 3+
$48ea in any 6+

Maria Luisa Marchetti Valtellina Superiore ‘Sant’Eufermia’ 2017

Loads of fun to be had here. The acid balance with the fruit weight is about right. Energy here with vibrant red fruit, sour cherries, a little of that alpine spice. Heston Blumenthal once did mince tarts that were topped with sugar mixed with ground pine needles and it worked. There’s a little of that sitting here in the background. The tannins aren’t quite as polished as those in the wines of Fay or Ar.Pe.Pe. Slightly drying on the mid palate. A little salami or a plate of something roaste
$67
$64ea in any 3+
$61ea in any 6+
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Ar.Pe.Pe Valtellina Superiore Pettirosso 2015

The Robin has landed! Ar.Pe.Pe's blended Superiore 50% bold Grumello + 50% fine, delicate, mineral Sassella!
$75
$72ea in any 3+
$69ea in any 6+
🇮🇹Bravo Isabella!👏🏻

Ar.Pe.Pe Valtellina Superiore Pettirosso 2017

The Robin has landed! Ar.Pe.Pe's blended Superiore 50% bold Grumello + 50% fine, delicate, mineral Sassella!
$75
$72ea in any 3+
$69ea in any 6+

Boffalora ‘Pietrisco’ Nebbiolo Valtellina Superiore 2017

The wines of Valtellina have such incredible appeal with their elegance and perfume.
$88
$84ea in any 3+
$80ea in any 6+
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Ar.Pe.Pe Valtellina Superiore Sassella Stella Retica 2017

As with the 2015 I found myself not really wanting to write tasting notes simply wanting to devour the glass!
$91
$87ea in any 3+
$83ea in any 6+
Neb from the North!

Ar.Pe.Pe Valtellina Superiore Inferno Fiamme Antiche 2017

Crystal clear with a more savoury flavour profile. As it opens in the glass it comes together beautifully!
$91
$87ea in any 3+
$83ea in any 6+

Ar.Pe.Pe Valtellina Superiore Grumello Rocca de Piro 2017

Grumello is to the east of Sondrio on the opposite side to Sassella making for a fascinating comparison in site!
$91
$87ea in any 3+
$83ea in any 6+
Pinot-esque!!

Sandro Fay Valgella Valtellina Superiore Riserva Carteria 2016

Grace under pressure. The purity, line & length, and, expression of this wine is exceptional.
$105
$100ea in any 3+
$95ea in any 6+

Ar.Pe.Pe Valtellina Superiore Riserva Sassella Rocce Rosse 2013

When, in spite of yourself, you are forced to step aside in order not to cause any harm, try at least to take with you the hope that one day you’ll see your dreams come true. When you find the strength to get back on your feet, you’ll see those distant targets approaching: the the right waiting time is what separates you from the goals you set yourself. This is how we remember Arturo, when he stubbornly decided to create his Riserva right in the heart of Sassella. He completely r
$145
$140ea in any 3+
$135ea in any 6+

Ar.Pe.Pe Valtellina Superiore Riserva Inferno Sesto Canto 2013

The first release of the Sesto Canto since 2009 & it's Amazing!
$145
$140ea in any 3+
$135ea in any 6+

Ar.Pe.Pe Valtellina Superiore Riserva Grumello Sant’Antonio 2013

The church of Sant’Antonio a Montagna in Valtellina lies to the east of Rocca De Piro. For centuries, it has protected from on high the vineyards that stretch down along the Risc di Sassina, one of the most generous areas of the Grumello, 450 metres above sea level. Valtellina Superiore Grumello Riserva Sant’Antonio DOCG is brought to life by its long maceration and malolactic fermentation with skin contact. Cuddled and cared for like a child by a generous, resolute mother, it matures
$145
$140ea in any 3+
$135ea in any 6+
🇮🇹Bravo Isabella!👏🏻

Ar.Pe.Pe Valtellina Superiore Pettirosso MAGNUM 2016

The Robin has landed! Ar.Pe.Pe's blended Superiore 50% bold Grumello + 50% fine, delicate, mineral Sassella!
$158
$151ea in any 3+
$144ea in any 6+
Neb from the North!

Ar.Pe.Pe Valtellina Superiore Inferno Fiamme Antiche MAGNUM 2015

Finally got my gob on this & Yes it is Very Good!
$180
$173ea in any 3+
$166ea in any 6+
🇮🇹Bravo Isabella!👏🏻

Ar.Pe.Pe Valtellina Superiore Sassella Stella Retica MAGNUM 2017

As with the 2015 I found myself not really wanting to write tasting notes simply wanting to devour the glass!
$215
$205ea in any 3+
$195ea in any 6+
Neb from the North!

Ar.Pe.Pe Valtellina Superiore Inferno Fiamme Antiche MAGNUM 2017

Crystal clear with a more savoury flavour profile. As it opens in the glass it comes together beautifully!
$215
$205ea in any 3+
$195ea in any 6+