Visits in Barbaresco May, 2013

Exploring the Queen of Nebbiolo

Rivella Serafino

Two hectares in Montestefano Organically farmed.

2009 Rivella Serafino Barbaresco Montestefano

Super complex on the nose with an array of  medicinal, woodsy, mushroomy, root berry notes all framing the core of dark berry, cherry fruit. Opening just a touch on the soft side this quickly turns very clear and precise on the palate exhibiting a fresh, very pure core of  stony, tart wild cherry with savory, slightly medicinal and licorice notes adding detail. This is very precise with lots of lift in the mouth in a tense and lean style. The ripe tannins add fine support and help to drive the persistence, dry small red berry flavors through the long finish. This is a bit on the earthy side, and perhaps not technically perfect but it is a very compelling wine.  91pts

2008 Rivella Serafino Barbaresco Montestefano

Earthy, leathery, and perhaps a little bretty on the deep, rich and high toned nose full of wild herbs, flowers, minerals and gorgeously framed fruit.Opening with a decidedly woodsy flavor profile this quickly shows off its seamless character showing fine structure and excellent integration in a totally old school style. This could have been made in 1978. Today it is a bit bricky already, and broad on the palate with an incipient gamy edge to the dark cherry fruit.  This is a  beautiful wine and a window into the past. I expect this will age very well. 93pts

2010 Rivella Serafino Barbaresco Montestefano

botte sample

A bit meaty and spicy on the nose with complex aromas of game, wild herbs, cooked savory goodness, a little fish sauce and a touch of porcini with some tomato sauce in an almost fruity way. Bright slightly chewy raspberry and lingonberry fruit greets the palate followed by lots of spice up front,  a touch of leafiness, and a bit of extra alcohol in the mouth followed by classic then cherries in alcohol on the back end, and gorgeous earth and herb notes on the moderately long finish. 91-94pts

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  • Snooth User: hugh27
    Hand of Snooth
    253137 65

    You should take a serious look at Massimo Rivetti- stunning Barbaresco's- Froi and Serrabello- outstanding

    Jul 30, 2013 at 1:52 PM

  • Snooth User: Chad Carns
    1326831 1

    I actually prefer Barbaresco to it's often pricier neighbor Barolo.

    Jul 30, 2013 at 4:00 PM

  • I actually prefer Barbaresco to it's often pricier neighbor Barolo (Logged into the wrong account above).

    Jul 30, 2013 at 4:04 PM

  • Snooth User: Don47
    68489 7

    Nice to see Cascina delle Rose do so well, Gregory! I stayed there about 6 years ago and enjoyed (bought) several of their wines. They are nice people making quite good wines!

    Jul 30, 2013 at 7:27 PM

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