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Rizzi Nebbiolo Barbaresco 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

Harvested by hand in early October. Fermentation and maceration took place in stainless steel tanks for a total of 20-25 days at a maximum temperature of 30°C. Pump-overs and delestages were performed periodically. Malolactic fermentation occurred. The wine was refined in large Slavonian oak casks for 12 months, followed by 12 months in cement vats. Filtered and fined prior to bottling then cellared 6 months before release.

Region: Italy » Piedmont
Winery: Rizzi
Color: Red
Varietal: Nebbiolo
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Rizzi:
The company was set up in 1974 by Ernesto Dellapiana on his family’s nineteenth century estate. Having grown up with a passion for the land and wine-growing, in 1973 he decided to leave the city - and an established paper-making business - to follow the great love of his life: the land of the Langa, and its hard-to-work hillsides. He renovated the family farmstead after reassembling various inh... Read more
The company was set up in 1974 by Ernesto Dellapiana on his family’s nineteenth century estate. Having grown up with a passion for the land and wine-growing, in 1973 he decided to leave the city - and an established paper-making business - to follow the great love of his life: the land of the Langa, and its hard-to-work hillsides. He renovated the family farmstead after reassembling various inheritances, and enlarged and completely transformed the original buildings to create a winery with ageing and storage cellars. The first wines were produced in 1974. In 1984 he re-acquired the BOITO farm, which had belonged to his family in the past. Then other recent purchase dates back to 1993, when the VILLA MANZOLA farm was added to the estate. And in the first months of 2004 He bought a new vineyard in one of most prestigious area of Barbaresco: PAJORE’ Over the years the winery’s proprietor has dedicated himself to extending and improving the company and its products in terms of both quantity and quality, making it - with its 85 acres in a single lot - one of the largest, and most interesting and unquestionably important wine estates in the Barbaresco-growing area. This commitment has also been a feature of the wine-making itself, with a constant quest for continually higher quality in seeking to match the most innovative processing equipment and techniques with the classic traditions of the Langa. In the last years to the job of the Proprietor is added the work of Jole and Enrico Dellapiana, the daughter and the son of Ernesto, who are actively entered into the activities of the firm. Jole has begun to deal particularly herself with the commercial and bookkeeping management of the firm, mainly collaborating with the importers, and also following, the net sale in Italy; Enrico, graduated in Enologia to the university of Turin, has begun to deal himself of the technical management of the agricultural firm and the Wine cellar, keeping track of all the problems involved in the production side, but always in hold collaboration and following the wise suggestions of his father. Read less

Member Reviews for Rizzi Nebbiolo Barbaresco

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Snooth User: Jack Lynch
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2001 10/26/2008

Very little on the nose. Sharp acid, but well balanced, with the kind of complexity and delicacy you get in a good Burgundy. But it's unmistakably a Nebbiolo, with the distinctive black cherry and graphite flavors.


Snooth User: morais24
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2001 04/02/2009

I recently purchased and consumed a bottle of the Rizzi 2001 Barbaresco because I was looking for a full-bodied Italian wine but something different from the Chianti classico reserves that you usually see in the same price range. The result; I was very happy. The Barbaresco was strong with hints of dark cherry and no strong fore or after tastes. Why don't we hear more of this type of wine? I paid $26 for the bottle; 2001. But now I see (from your site) that the bottle was best opened 2 or 3 years from now. So why was it even on the shelves here in New Jersey? Another casualty of the global recession?


External Reviews for Rizzi Nebbiolo Barbaresco

External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
10/07/2009

Rizzi's Grand Cru vineyard "Boito" consists mostly of old Nebbiolo vines planted on chalk-based soils. The wine shows great structure, full of violets and rose petals on the palate - the quintessential attributes of traditionally crafted Barbaresco.



Tasting Notes:

A complex bouquet that reveals itself in layers beginning with delicate spices and herbs. Leather and tar appear, followed by a lingering note of licorice. The flavors are rich and concentrated with structured tannins and a velvety smooth finish that lingers on the palate.

Harvested by hand in early October. Fermentation and maceration took place in stainless steel tanks for a total of 20-25 days at a maximum temperature of 30°C. Pump-overs and delestages were performed periodically. Malolactic fermentation occurred. The wine was refined in large Slavonian oak casks for 12 months, followed by 12 months in cement vats. Filtered and fined prior to bottling then cellared 6 months before release.

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Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.5%
Total Acidity: 5.6 grams per liter

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