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
92/100 Decanter, Andrew Jefford (2013 vintage)
"From two different vineyards towards the southern end of this large, 300-ha cru: south-west-facing on relatively poor soils at an average of 410 m. A dryer scent than its peers, recalling prunes and incense; very classy on the palate (flowers and incense woods) with plunging, sober, serious flavours."
17.5/20 JancisRobinson.com, Walter Speller (2013 vintage)
"Just mid ruby with orange tinges. Spicy, deep nose with hints of oak, but quite true to site with minerally hints, too. Notes of tobacco leaf suggesting there is a bit of development going on. Gorgeous coating tannins ands fresh, concentrated cherry fruit on the palate. Subtle, long, fragrant finish and a little mouth-watering. A star in the making? Monforte d’Alba. 16 days of total skin maceration and spontaneous MLF in oak. Aged 32 months in new French tonneaux. (WS)." Drink 2020 -2032
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