Rivetto Barolo Serralunga 2006
The wine obtained is characterized by extraordinary refinement, exceptional aging capacity and strong tannin content. Made with 100% Nebbiolo grapes.
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Driving past Asti, you'll come to Alba, then pass Barolo—make sure to roll down the windows before taking on the stomach turning switchback ascent straight up the hill towards Serralunga. Just at the limits of the Barolo appellation, you will come across the Rivetto estate, 23 captivating hectares of planted vineyards, orchards, and gardens.
Charles Lazzara, the president of Volio, met Enrico in 2005, beginning an incredibly fruitful partnership and even deeper friendship. Rivetto was only the second producer to join Volio's portfolio. At the time, Enrico's father was phasing out his involvement at the winery, which allowed Enrico to step into a more significant leadership role. He is extremely invested in poly farming as a method to naturally stabilize and enrich the vineyard, in turn allowing it to care for itself more sustainably. He remains committed to biodynamic farming and is currently now the first Demeter certified producer in the zones of Barolo and Barbaresco. And from this Eden he reaps remarkable rewards. His wines have gained considerable international admiration over the last ten years, really taking off in 2011 when his 2006 Barolo was ranked #16 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 list. In 2011 he planted his first Nascetta vines, which has been gaining momentum as an indigenous white varietal in a traditionally Nebbiolo-focused region.
Enrico Rivetto can talk to anyone in the world about his wines. A farmer at heart, he has slowly and strategically stitched together a lush quilt of an estate atop the Lirano hill near the town of Serralunga. Each element of his domain feeds the others. His commitment to truly natural winemaking is apparent in the love with which he speaks about the birds, herbs, moss, worms, and vegetables that grow in and around the concentrated property. Rivetto benefits from having all 23 hectares of his lands (15 of which are vineyards) on the same hilltop, allowing him to care for the vines and react to problems more efficiently. It has facilitated an intimate familiarity with the behaviors, strengths, and weaknesses of his vines.
The center of the production of the world’s most exclusive and age-worthy red wines made from Nebbiolo, the Barolo wine region includes five core townships: La Morra, Monforte d’Alba, Serralunga d’Alba, Castiglione Falletto and the Barolo village itself, as well as a few outlying villages. The landscape of Barolo, characterized by prominent and castle-topped hills, is full of history and romance centered on the Nebbiolo grape. Its wines, with the signature “tar and roses” aromas, have a deceptively light garnet color but full presence on the palate and plenty of tannins and acidity. In a well-made Barolo wine, one can expect to find complexity and good evolution with notes of, for example, strawberry, cherry, plum, leather, truffle, anise, fresh and dried herbs, tobacco and violets.
There are two predominant soil types here, which distinguish Barolo from the lesser surrounding areas. Compact and fertile Tortonian sandy marls define the vineyards farthest west and at higher elevations. Typically the Barolo wines coming from this side, from La Morra and Barolo, can be approachable relatively early on in their evolution and represent the “feminine” side of Barolo, often closer in style to Barbaresco with elegant perfume and fresh fruit.
On the eastern side of the Barolo wine region, Helvetian soils of compressed sandstone and chalks are less fertile, producing wines with intense body, power and structured tannins. This more “masculine” style comes from Monforte d’Alba and Serralunga d’Alba. The township of Castiglione Falletto covers a spine with both soil types.
The best Barolo wines need 10-15 years before they are ready to drink, and can further age for several decades.
Responsible for some of the most elegant and age-worthy wines in the world, Nebbiolo, named for the ubiquitous autumnal fog (called nebbia in Italian), is the star variety of northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Grown throughout the area, as well as in the neighboring Valle d’Aosta and Valtellina, it reaches its highest potential in the Piedmontese villages of Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero. Outside of Italy, growers are still very much in the experimentation stage but some success has been achieved in parts of California. Somm Secret—If you’re new to Nebbiolo, start with a charming, wallet-friendly, early-drinking Langhe Nebbiolo or Nebbiolo d'Alba.