2001 La Meridiana "Rivaia" Monferrato
The Rivaia, a 60- 30-10 blend of nebbiolo, barbera and cabernet sauvignon, scored equally well. A red that strives for elegance rather than power, it offers a nose only slightly influenced by the cabernet, which nonetheless successfully enhances the colour of the two local varieties, combining to produce a very drinkable bottle in which fruit wins out over wood. (Gambero Rosso, Italian Wines 2001, pg 105)
"Rivaia", one of La Meridiana's cru 'Tra la terra e il cielo' wines, is a Nebbiolo/Barbera bend that in 2001 also contained some Cabernet Sauvignon. To make "Rivaia", the grapes are co-fermented and and wine aged for twelve months in one year old French barrique. A structured wine, with strong tannins balanced by rich fruit and the nuance of barrel aging, this shows best with bottle age, paired with savory dishes featuring wild game, dishes flavored with white truffle, or blue and aged cheeses. 60% Nebbiolo, 30% Barbera, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.