The original Signor Rivera was the long-serving mayor of Castiglione Falletto who, in 1958, galvanised local growers into forming Terre del Barolo at a time when Fiat’s factory in Turin was draining the area’s manpower. Around 15 years ago, those running the co-op realised that if they didn’t find a way to make great wines from the best of their members’ vineyards, then the next generation would begin to drift away and establish their own private cellars. So in 2008, the cooperative launched a project under the ArnaldoRivera name featuring a single new pan-regional blend plus a cru wine series. Different vineyard sites and enthusiastic growers were identified; a quality charter was drawn up, and winery investments made. It’s been almost a decade in the making, but just over a month ago the new range was launched featuring the outstanding 2013 vintage, and including rarities like wines from a single site in Grinzano Cavour and a Rocche di Castiglione. In general, skin-contact times are a little shorter than at Produttori, and there is some discreet use of new oak (tonneaux rather than barriques) for most of the crus. The range also includes a white Nascetta from Novello, as well as a single-vineyard Diano d’Alba Dolcetto and a Valdisera Barbera d’Alba. -- Decanter Magazine, Andrew Jefford
What The Critics Say
17.5/20 JancisRobinson.com, Walter Speller
"Just mid ruby with bricky rim. The oakiest on the nose of all the Arnaldo Rivera 2013 Barolo but with an intriguing spiciness and minerality underneath. Firm tannins and shy yet long, austere cherry fruit. Really interesting, long and energetic and has absorbed all the oak. This will need some time to come around, and showing Grinzane Cavour from its very best side, or should that be site? -- Grinzane Cavour. 15 days of total skin maceration with spontaneous MLF in oak. 32 months in new French tonneaux and quite a luxury treatment for this relatively unknown cru. (WS)." Drink 2020 - 2032
Decanter Magazine, Andrew Jefford
"Grown on a single south-west facing vineyard of clay-rich marls at 250 m in this ‘satellite’ zone of Barolo, separated from the main body of the DOCG by a strip of Diano d’Alba land. Light in colour, with dusty redcurrant scents and slender, elegant, light pomegranate and cranberry fruit on the palate."
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