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
"Mid ruby with orange tinges. Embracing and almost opulent cherry nose with hints of iron. Gorgeous, supple red fruit and plenty of chewy tannins. Long, precise and delicious. Already approachable but has the capacity to age. Novello. A total of 13 days on the skins and spontaneous MLF in cask. Aged for 32 months in 50% tonneaux of second and third passage, 50% in 25-hl cask. (WS). Drink 2017 - 2030
90/100 Decanter, Andrew Jefford
"Grown in five different south-facing vineyards in this site of very limey marl, exposed to cool alpine winds. Gothic rather than Romanesque: a rosebud scent and vivid, refined, tight-skirted flavours. Brisk, pert."
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