2016 Arnaldo Rivera Undicicomuni Barolo Italy – The man – Arnaldo Rivera was born on December 13th 1919 in Castiglione Falletto, a small village at the heart of the historic Barolo winegrowing area. He was a local primary school teacher, mayor of his village for 36 years, and founder in 1958 of the Terre del Barolo winery, which still today is the only direct cooperative wine cellar in Barolo. The reasons that led Arnaldo Rivera to envisage a cooperative winery in Barolo are associated with his profound understanding of the particular characteristics of the area and its people, combined with great foresight and a desire for social justice.
The project – Arnaldo Rivera wines was launched in early 2017, with Barolo vintage 2013. All wines are from top Cru sites. The launch of AR represents a revolutionary moment in Barolo, they are the only winery in the area to produce Crus Barolo in each one of the historic villages of the appellation. Their flagship wine Barolo undicicomuni, a Barolo grande cuvée, actually works as an ambassador of the whole region, consisting of 11 villages.The winery has signed an agreement with the most prestigious vineyards in order to harvest grapes of the very highest quality.
While the Arnaldo Rivera single vineyard Barolos may be more eye-catching, it is the Barolo Undicicomuni that demands the winemaker’s greatest attention. He is required to blend different fruit and terroir expressions from diverse villages, just as an artist balances colours to complete his work of art. This means that the Barolo Undicicomuni is naturally Arnaldo Rivera’s most complex Barolo.
Spiced cedar, leather and scorched earth on the nose. The palate is wild and savoury with notes of crushed raspberry, figs, cinnamon, star anise alongside velvety dusty tannins and fresh acidity. It’s stylish meaty and delicious and super uber Nebbiolo cool. From a great vintage that will go the distance in the cellar.
Single Price: $110.00
Any Six Bottle Buy: $85.00
Price per case (12 bottles): $1,020.00