2016 Arnaldo Rivera Barolo Rocche di Castiglione
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 tight, focused red with strawberry, hazelnut and floral aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, firm and creamy tannins and a flavorful finish. Juicy finish. Try after 2022."
17.5/20 JancisRobinson.com, Walter Speller
"Castiglione Faletto. Mid ruby with narrow orange rim. Savoury, deep cherry nose with a hint of black pepper and a suggestion of oak. Lively acidity cutting through the concentrated cherry palate. Just a touch of sweet oak and with racy, long fruit and long-lasting, finely grained tannins clinging to the palate. (WS)" Drink 2022 - 2034
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