2016 Arnaldo Rivera Barolo Bussia
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
93/100 James Suckling
"A juicy red with ripe, polished tannins that are velvety and caressing. Lots of ripe-berry character and hints of cedar. It’s full-bodied and flavorful at the end. Better after 2022."
17++/20 JancisRobinson.com, Walter Speller
"Monforte d’Alba. Mid ruby with orange tinges. Very pretty red fruit and Campari nose with hints of black pepper and liquorice powder. Just the merest touch of oak. Spiciness and hints of dried fruit mingling with sour cherry. Long, finely grained coating tannins to which the generous succulent fruit clings. (WS)." Drink 2020 - 2032
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