Rivetto - Langhe Nebbiolo 2016
Rivetto - Langhe Nebbiolo 2016 (90 TSW)
Blend of 95% Nebbiolo and 5% Barbera
Rivetto winery is situated at the top of Lirano Hill (340-400 m), between Sinio and Serralunga d’Alba villages. Here the border of Barolo area crosses the property giving them the incentive to always act at their best. Late September, early October, manual harvest.
First stalk removal and pressing. After 2 days of maceration at cellar temperature they warm up at 30°C in steel tanks. The duration of maceration is 10-15 days and the malolactic is completed. Aged for 12 months in 30hL Slavonian oak barrels.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a bright cherry ruby red color.
On the medium(+) nose aromas of red berries, cassis and raspberries with hints of smoke, violets, sweet spices, tobacco and cedar.
On the palate dry, medium(+) bodied with medium(+) acidity and well integrated tannins. Elegant flavours of cherries, raspberries with spices and cedar. Easy drinking with a persistent finish.
About the winery:
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. Rivetto benefits from having all 35 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.
Originally founded in 1902, Rivetto was established in its current location between Sinio and the Barolo commune of Serralunga d’Alba in 1938. Starting in 2019 Rivetto has become the first winery in the zones of Barolo and Barbaresco to be certified biodynamic by Demeter.
Enrico Rivetto, the fourth generation of the family, joined the property full-time in 1999 and started converting to organic viticulture in 2009. He received certification in 2016, but wanted to go further. In total, Rivetto sacrificed 1.2ha of vines leaving 15ha in production. Most of the 35ha property is enclosed by forest, providing a natural border with neighbouring vineyards.