2016 Serafino Rivella Barbaresco Montestefano
Distict / Appellation: Barbaresco
Item No. 6s268
About This Wine“like stepping back into Piedmont’s past” -Antonio Galloni
Teobaldo and Maria Rivella’s decidedly old-school methods yield savory and understated wines with a whispering complexity.
The heart and soul of the estate is the Montestefano Cru, which is one of Barbaresco’s best. The vineyard is directly outside of the family’s house. Above all else Montestefano is famous for how it marries elegance, detail, and intensity. It’s a wine that soars with tightly coiled class. The 2016 is an absolutely brilliant example of the breeding and complexity that Montestefano achieves in Rivella’s hands. There’s density, precision, silkiness, and incredible nuance. It possesses a radiant clarity and delivers spice, floral notes, herbs, and hints of game. For all of its old-fashioned honesty, it comes off as sophisticated and nearly impeccable.
It’s difficult not to be moved by Serafino Rivella’s heartfelt Barberscos. Sadly, finding their Montestefano is often difficult. In a typical vintage, around 750 cases are produced.
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