Arnaldo Rivera, Undicicomuni, Barolo
Arnaldo Rivera (1919-1987) united an important group of Barolo families to found the region’s co-operative winery in 1958. Known as – ‘il maestro’ (the master) -- Rivera was mayor of Castiglioni Falletto for 37 years.
To mark its 60th anniversary, 11 (undici) of the co-operative’s leading partners (comuni) have contributed their finest Nebbiolo grapes – from a total of 54 individual sites – for ‘this ultimate expression of know-how and craftsmanship, where the purity of the single varietal is the absolute pinnacle.’
This is the multi-cru blend named after the eleven (‘undici’) villages and from no fewer than 54 individual sites; there are 50,000 bottles of this wine in 2013. A deep blood-red in colour, with soft tobacco warmth and glowing plum scents. In the mouth, the wine is concentrated, vivid and long, with a rousing acid-tannin complex filled out with dense fruits. An impressive statement of intent. Decanter.
A dense and polished red with dark berry, dried strawberry and black pepper aromas and flavours. Full body, polished tannins and a crisp finish. Drink or hold. jamessuckling.com
Blend of grapes sourced from 11 different villages within the denomination. Total skin maceration of 13 days and aged for 20 months in French oak barrels, of which 25% in second- and third-year tonneaux, 50% in 25hl casks and 25% in 50hl casks. Just mid ruby. Attractive, tight, cherry-fruit nose laced with notes of oatmeal. Succulent red fruit on the palate with minerally notes and a hint of medicine. Gripping, almost austere tannins and very long and fragrant. Walter Speller.
Iris, leather and scorched earth aromas come together on this. The savoury palate offers crushed raspberry, cinnamon and star anise alongside velvety tannins. Drink 2019–2025. Kerin O’Keefe.
'A lighter shade for the vintage, the fruit is of the red spectrum, underlain by green olive, fennel, mountain herb and dried tobacco. Complex aromatically, with a fine veil of vanillin oak conferring some authority to the gentle tannic weave.'
90 points, Ned Goodwin MW, April 2019.