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
16.5/20 JancisRobinson.com, Walter Speller
"Castiglione Falletto. Tasted blind. Deep ruby with orange tinges. Dark, spicy and herbal with hints of tobacco leaf indicating some development is already happening. A touch of what looks like sweet oak. Full, ripe, supple and forthcoming and lots of powdery tannins clinging to the ripe fruit. Acidity turns up on the finish. Quite approachable. (WS)." Drink 2019 - 2028
92/100 Decanter, Andrew Jefford (2014 vintage)
"ArnaldoRivera is the top label of the Terre del Barolo cooperative, and initial releases have been persuasive. This cru is aged in new tonneaux and although the nose is subdued, it still shows sweet, toasty, floral aromas. Fresh and sleek, the palate is quite tannic but has poise and concentration, cloaking a core of sweet fruit. It's not too oaky and has fine acidity and length."
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