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Rizzi Chardonnay Langhe DOC 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

Cantina Rizzi has long been revered as one of the best red wine estates in the Trieso district of Barbaresco. But, Ernesto Dellapiana, the founder of the winery, was not content to rely solely on tradition. In 1978 he was one of a handful of pioneers that experimented with Chardonnay in the Langhe. Through excellent vineyard management Ernest identified a specific vineyard that he believed would be conducive to Chardonnay production. He named the vineyard “Speranza”, Italian for “Hope” and with careful attention in the cellar he has developed a clean, fresh, style that personifies the single vineyard name. The grapes are harvested in late August or early September and are fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine is then aged and stirred on the lees before filtering and bottling. It is released in the spring following the vintage.

Region: Italy » Piedmont

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Winery: Rizzi
Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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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

Tasting Notes:

Rizzi Chardonnay has a straw-yellow color with hints of green and gold. The aroma is rich with flowers, tropical fruits, banana and hints of vanilla. On the palate it is fresh and clean with good structure and firm acidity.

Cantina Rizzi has long been revered as one of the best red wine estates in the Trieso district of Barbaresco. But, Ernesto Dellapiana, the founder of the winery, was not content to rely solely on tradition. In 1978 he was one of a handful of pioneers that experimented with Chardonnay in the Langhe. Through excellent vineyard management Ernest identified a specific vineyard that he believed would be conducive to Chardonnay production. He named the vineyard “Speranza”, Italian for “Hope” and with careful attention in the cellar he has developed a clean, fresh, style that personifies the single vineyard name. The grapes are harvested in late August or early September and are fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine is then aged and stirred on the lees before filtering and bottling. It is released in the spring following the vintage.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.5%

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