"Like stepping back into Piedmont's past" Revisited
2017 Serafino Rivella Barbaresco Montestefano

Posted by Ian McFadden

The wines of Serafino Rivella possess such honesty and precision that it's hard not to be wowed by them.

They are wines of incredible breeding and finesse while seeming devoid of artifice. Antonio Galloni has written: "Tasting Teobaldo and Maria Rivella's wines is like stepping back into Piedmont's past."  That sums up the wines very well. 

photo of bottle of Serafino Rivella Barbaresco Montestefano

Serafino Rivella produces around 750 cases of Montestefano. For years the wines were only known to a small group of insiders.  But that's changed quickly in the past few years. Putting offers together has become a challenge. 

The heart and soul of the estate is a top Barbaresco vineyard situated directly adjacent to the family’s home: the Montestefano Cru. Montestefano is famous above all else for how it marries elegance, detail, and intensity. It's a wine that soars with a tightly coiled class.

Serafino Rivella managed to craft a beautiful 2017. It has surprising delineation and clarity with nicely defined notes of spices, herbs, and florality. For all of its old-fashioned honesty, it comes off as sophisticated, silky, and nearly impeccable.

Serafino Rivella's Montestefano is one of the most compelling examples of Barbaresco. Sadly, there's never enough to go around. I'm happy to have another opportunity to offer this wine, but keep in mind that quantities are limited. Please give us your ideal order, and we'll try our best.

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

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