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
91/100 Decanter Magazine, Andrew Jefford
"This is the multi-cru blend named after the eleven (‘undici’) villages and from no fewer than 54 individual sites; there are 50,000 bottles of this wine in 2013. A deep blood-red in colour, with soft tobacco warmth and glowing plum scents. In the mouth, the wine is concentrated, vivid and long, with a rousing acid-tannin complex filled out with dense fruits. An impressive statement of intent."
"Just mid ruby. Attractive, tight, cherry-fruit nose laced with notes of oatmeal. Succulent red fruit on the palate with minerally notes and a hint of medicine. Gripping, almost austere tannins and very long and fragrant. Blend of grapes sourced from 11 different villages within the denomination. Total skin maceration of 13 days and aged for 20 months in French oak barrels, of which 25% in second- and third-year tonneaux, 50% in 25-hl casks and 25% in 50-hl casks. (WS)." Drink 2017 - 2024
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