2016 Arnaldo Rivera Barbera d'Alba

2016 Arnaldo Rivera Barbera d'Alba

92 Points John Caro
2016 Arnaldo Rivera Barbera d'Alba
92 Points John Caro

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An immensely rich and lush Barbera from a superb collective in Piedmont. The Arnaldi Rivera label sources from a collective of growers, some of whom are dotted in the rolling hills of the Alba DOC. Here the range of microclimates allows such distinctive grapes as Barbera to be nurtured into the best fruit quality. The result is a succulent style, with the natural freshness balanced by a softening full body and rounded by good pre-aging in old oak and bottle before release. Easy to enjoy but full of Piedmont's bright fruit expression, this Rivera Barbera is a knock out!

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$34.99 in mixed 6+ or $38.99 per bottle




Its Origins

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 JancisRobinson.com, Walter Speller (2015 vintage)

"Purplish crimson. Sweet blackberry fruit and cherry confit on the nose with a hint of oatmeal. Succulent blackberry fruit that is almost a little mouth-watering and with fine, yet firm, bitter tannins on the finish. Long and completely dry and almost a little savoury. Great stuff. Barbera aged for nine months in stainless steel and French tonneaux and a further eight months in bottle before release. (WS)." Drink 2017 - 2022

Stats & Food Matching

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    2019 - 2022

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with GAME
with PORK



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