2016 Arnaldo Rivera Barolo Vigna Rionda

2016 Arnaldo Rivera Barolo Vigna Rionda

97 Points James Suckling
2016 Arnaldo Rivera Barolo Vigna Rionda
97 Points James Suckling

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A premium Barolo red from famous Cru vineyard. A super elegant, fresh and finely structured style captures the brighter and more delicate nuaces of the grape — unusually so for this Cru — in a nicely restrained traditional style. This old collective are a newly rejuvenated player in the market, offering serious value from great sources. Drink now or cellar.

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$130.00 in mixed 6+ or $145.00 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

97/100 James Suckling

"Wow. A beautiful example of this special vineyard with plush, rich tannins that envelop the ripe fruit and deliver plenty of ripe-strawberry, hazelnut and chocolate character. It’s full-bodied, layered and unctuous. Much better after 2023, but hard not to try now."

16.5/20 Jancis Robinson MW

"Mid ruby. Cherry fruit nose that is just a touch marked by oak and malty, minerally notes. Plenty of ripe red fruit and a hint of gingerbread and tar. Succulent finish with finely grained tannins. (WS)." Drink 2020 - 2028

Stats & Food Matching

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    2020 - 2032

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with GAME
with PORK



Delivery & Returns

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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