Nestled at the very top of the impressively steep, vine-clad hills of the Treiso zone of Barbaresco, the winery’s vineyards were planted as early as the 1960’s in the white marl, calcareous soil typical of this area. An impressive selection of cru Barbaresci is punctuated by the spectacular Vigna Boito located at the peak of the Rizzi cru. The estate is managed entirely by the Dellapiana family with son Enrico as winemaker and viticulturist. Rizzi Winery participates in “The Green Experience” project which mandates guidelines for environmentally sustainable production.
This is one of the more open and accessible releases from Rizzi. Full of dried tobacco leaf, raspberry fruit and cassis, there are some interesting earthy tones of porcino mushroom and autumnal leaf. The 2015 Barbaresco Pajorè should hold nicely for the next 10 years, but I wouldn’t wait much longer. Drink 2019 – 2030
A beautiful Barbaresco with crushed lavender, citrus, violets and nutmeg. There’s a very serious tannin backbone behind this and the fruit/acidity tension makes the whole, compact package very endearing. Full body, pinpoint acidity and a fine, elegant finish. Drink in 2022.
Beautiful aromas of fragrant blue flower, rose, perfumed berry and dark spice form the nose. Juicy and elegantly structured, the savory focused palate doles out ripe Marasca cherry, black raspberry, licorice and a hint of tobacco. Taut polished tannins provide the framework while fresh acidity lends balance. Drink 2022–2035.
Treiso. Tasted blind. Mid ruby with bright orange tinges. Lifted spicy cherry nose. Compactly built tannins framing ripe fruit with quite a bit of depth on the finish. Can be approached now but needs time to really shine. 2020 – 2030