DANTE RIVETTI BARBARESCO BRICCO DI NEIVE RESERVA
It is difficult to separate town and vineyard in Neive - any vacant south-facing slope is planted with Nebbiolo grapes, between houses and farms and along all roads. But when Rivetti has to make their Barbaresco Riserva, only the best, oldest vines are allowed to deliver wine - and the result is then. The orange-red color immediately reveals the grape - and seductive aromas mix with light spices. An expansive, robust and delicate wine. Elegance combined with power - fine tannins and a long finish.
With 13 years of age under its belt, this wine was spectacular, and truly everything I had hoped for. The aromas were massive: a stunning expression that promoted secondary aromas over primary. Most prominent was a sharp blast of anise seed, earth and truffle, with a thin but bright veneer of sour cherry underneath. There were minimal floral notes, as you often get rose with Barbaresco. Not here. On the palate, everything worked perfectly, with measured tannins, momentous acidity, and once again, the flavors of black licorice and earth leading over the fruit. This is a wine for truffle lovers! Long and elegant on the finish. A wine with a distinctive point of view.