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+/20 Jancis Robinson MW
"Serralunga d’Alba. Grapes come from a plot of 0.8 ha (2 acres) with only one owner. Aged in new oak. 3,300 bottles made.
Mid ruby. Perfumed and a little brooding with notes of posh oak and just a touch of malt. I wonder whether this would have been tighter on the nose if it had been aged only in a large oak cask, but it has a fine, perfumed quality to it. Firm, fresh, concentrated fruit palate and the tannic charge is already much more powerful than the first vintage in 2013. (WS)." Drink 2020 - 2032
93/100 Decanter, Stephen Brooks (2014 vintage)
"Arnaldo Rivera is a small private cooperative, named after Arnaldo Rivera who founded the Terre del Barolo cooperative in 1958. This Barolo comes from the outstanding Serralunga site of Vigna Rionda, and is aged in tonneaux. The nose is brooding and meaty, with ample cherry fruit. The palate is rich and suave, concentrated and dense, with a surprisingly velvety texture. It's bold and assertive, with strident but not excessive acidity and ripe tannins. Harmonious, balanced and long."
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