2011 Rivella Barbaresco

SKU #1230493 92 points Vinous

 The 2011 Barbaresco is round, sensual and inviting, with tons of near and medium-term appeal. This is an especially large-scaled, ample entry-level Barbaresco that shows just how compelling this vintage is here in the Barbaresco zone. Ripe, silky tannins wrap around the voluptuous, engaging finish. The Barbaresco emerges from a parcel just outside Montestefano with a more northerly exposure that in this vintage helped preserve nuance and precision. This is a striking wine from the Rivella family. (AG)  (11/2015)

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The Barbaresco comes from 1.5 acres of vineyards Sori Montestefano, Patricone, and Bibinet having a south and southeastern exposures. The 100% Nebbiolo grapes are fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 20-22 days. The wine is then aged for 14-16 months in a mixture of barrique and tonneaux. The results are a classic Barbaresco with structure and high toned floral aromatics while on the palate the wine shows layers of earth, rose and leather culminating in a long and supple finish. Capable of aging 10-15 years and ideal for roast meats and porcini risotto.

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Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2016 | Send Email
Incredibly charming, delicate and elegant Nebbiolo, with a brilliant ruby red color. It has firm structure but also silkiness, complexity, and smooth finish. Its aroma contains hints of violet, rose hip, sweet tobacco, chocolate, cedar, nutmeg. Persistent and elegant on the palate. It's a beauty!

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
This precise and seamless Barbaresco is so clearly made with one of the finest touches, it's almost not a surprise to find out that the winemaker was Gaja's top guy for 30 years. It's SO open and generous right now without any hints of manipulation or over extraction. This elegant and attractive style is exactly what I love about Barbaresco and the perfect contrast to the brooding style made over the hill. The purity is unsurpassed in the price point and worth stocking up on in a big way if you're at all a lover of nebbiolo.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/11/2016 | Send Email
I drank a bottle of this the day it arrived in our store and was amazed. Made in tonneaux and barriqes, all of the 4th passage, so it doesn't have any of the sweet vanillin it is just pure nebbiolo. On the palate the 2011 vintage's richness comes across and makes it so accessible now with a certain richness and then the underpinnings of structure come through yet balanced and sweet tannin. A long finish that just says Barbaresco
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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/15/2016 | Send Email
Elegant and refined, this Barbaresco is a beautiful rendition of Nebbiolo. Medium bodied with nice fruit that is balanced with enough earth and acid. It is crisp, dry, complex and there is a subtle hint of spice.Decant a few hours before serving to allow it to open up and show its true potential.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/15/2016 | Send Email
Former winemaker from Gaja making Barbaresco for a fraction of the price? YES, Please!! The 2011 Rivella has a sweet core of fruit with polished tannins. Still a touch of grip that reminds you that you are of course drinking Nebbiolo but with flavors like these you would be hard pressed to forget. Very serious wine for a very reasonable price.

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- Tar and roses are the two descriptors most associated with this red grape grown, almost solely, in Italy's Piedmont, where it has achieved fame under the guises of the incredibly and age-worthy wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. Characterized by chewy tannins, high acidity, high-tone cherry and raspberry fruit and truffle aromas and flavors, Nebbiolo has rightfully earned its reputation. Sadly the late-ripening varietal is quite delicate and is prone to disease as well as damage by hail that frequently pelts the region. Outside of Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is grown in the DOCs of Gattinara, Spanna and Ghemme. The Nebbiolos of the Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC in the southeastern part of Piedmont are generally lighter and more immediately approachable versions of the grape, aged for less time than Barolo and Barbaresco, which also makes them less expensive. Langhe Nebbiolos are generally made from declassified fruit from the aforementioned regions of Barolo, Barbaresco and Nebbiolo d'Alba.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


- Piedmont is in the Northwestern region of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland. Piedmont is predominantly a plain where the water flows from the Swiss and French Alps to form the headwaters of the Po river. The major wine producing areas are in the southern portion of the region in the hills known as the "Langhe". Here the people speak a dialect that is 1/3 French and 2/3 Italian that portrays their historical roots. Their cuisine is one of the most creative and interesting in Italy. Nebbiolo is the King grape here, producing Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, the Barbera and Dolcetto are the workhorse grapes that produce the largest quantity of wine. Piedmont is predominantly a red wine producing area. There are a few whites made in Piedmont, and the Moscato grape produces a large volume of sweet, semi-sweet and sparkling wines as well.
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- Barbaresco is a small village in Piedmont rising up out of the plain to sit in the Langhe hills. Here they produce a 100% Nebbiolo wine that takes its name from the village. Barbaresco is a serious wine of power and depth with an ability to age for multiple decades. Often thought of as the feminine version of Barolo, Barbaresco is a dramatically smaller region than its cousin. Barbaresco can only be produced within 1265 acres, and a maximum of 85,000 cases per year can be produced from the more than 500 growers. It is separated into four different communes of which three dominate, Barbaresco, Neive and Treiso. Angelo Gaja is perhaps one of the best known producers in the wine world, let alone Barbaresco, lives in the village. Recent technological and viticultural advances have made the wines more consistent, deeper in color and more flavorful. A wine of great perfume, the classic nose is "tar and roses", and complexity. Barbaresco is best served with roast meats, game birds or powerful cheese.
Alcohol Content (%): 14