2004 Serafino Rivella Barbaresco

April 27, 2015

Type:Red Wine
Producer:Serafino Rivella
Region:Italy / Piemonte / Langhe / Barbaresco / Montestefano

Teobaldo Rivella of the Cantina Rivella Serafino (Serafino was Teobaldo’s father) produces a meagre 12,000 bottles from his  ~50 y.o. vines in the 2ha of vineyards (mostly in Montestefano cru) split between only two bottlings: Dolcetto and Barbaresco.

Baldo is well set in his traditional and conscientious approach to both viticulture and winemaking, which are evident in the clean, vibrant and honest style of his wines.


2001 Produttori del Barbaresco ‘Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano’

February 4, 2015

Name:Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano
Type:Red Wine
Producer:Produttori del Barbaresco
Region:Italy / Piemonte / Barbaresco / Barbaresco

Produttori del Barbaresco has always been a unique wine animal for me for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, it is a relatively large scale production (100ha & 400k btl/yr = ~10% of total vineyard area and production volume in Barbaresco) and large size often implies a decisive sway towards standardized and formula-driven wines.

Secondly, it is a cooperative, which normally implies that the wines should be a mass-produced plonk.

Well, Produttori del Barbaresco has never matched any of these two implied notions.Instead it produces some of the most reliable quality wines for the price in Barbaresco.


2000 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano

September 18, 2014

Name:Barbaresco Santo Stefano
Type:Red Wine
Producer:Bruno Giacosa
Region:Italy / Piemonte/ Barbaresco

Bruno Giacosa wines are (or were?) one of Piemonte’s greatest.

Keep in mind, there are effectively two kinds of Giacosa wines. You can find a little bit more information on their website, but don’t expect a detailed description.

One, labeled Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa (like this one) at the bottom of the white (and only white!) label – is made from bought grapes.

Another, labeled “Azienda Agricola Falletto di Bruno Giacosa” at the bottom of the label (white or reddish/brown) – is made from own grapes.

This particular bottle brought elegance, layers, liquorice and hint of that seductive sweetness. Still tight, although not too prohibitive. Fresh and primary. Very very nice and will only get better.