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
94/100 James Suckling
"A powerful, rich red with plum, hazelnut and chocolate aromas and flavors. It’s focused and
structured with red fruit, light vanilla and strong tannins. Needs time to soften. Better after 2023."
93/100 Decanter, Stephen Brook
"This is the top label of the huge Terre del Barolo cooperative which for some years has made up to seven Barolos from members who adhere to a strict protocol. One of the cooperative's best 2016s was from Monvigliero in Verduno, a site with complex marl soils. The nose, with sumptuous raspberry fruit, is very ripe and oaky without being jammy. The attack is silky, concentrated and elegant, with lifted and pure fruit. It's not a weighty style, but it has persistence and should age well. The Barolo from Rocche di Castiglione is of comparable quality." Drink 2020 - 2038
17++/20 JancisRobinson.com, Walter Speller
"Verduno. Lustrous mid ruby. Perhaps a little more developed than the Ravera of the same vintage on the nose with an impression of richness and pepperiness. Just the beginning of tar. Supple, concentrated red fruit with a layer of super-animating, powdery tannins. Very long and with a full spread on the finish. A richer style of Monvigliero. (WS)." Drink 2020 - 2030
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