Barbaresco Rizzi Riserva “Boito” – 2013

Region: italy - piedmont


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.

Grapes / Soils

Barbaresco Rizzi Riserva “Boito” Nebbiolo Planted 1972, 1995 white marl clayey- calcareous 2 ha

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Barbaresco “Boito” is born from the best grapes from the vineyard Boito, in the upper part of the big Crü Rizzi. The exposition of this vineyard is south, south-west and just before the Cascina Rizzi, where Rizzi winery is located, the slope turns to face southwards. The soil composition of this vineyard is characterized by white marl clayey- calcareous. It is a deep soil with a clay vein that cuts within the whole hill, and that gives this wine great elegance, tannic structure, inimitable perfumes and great longevity.

  • Commune: Treiso
  • Crü: Rizzi
  • Vineyard: Vigna Boito
  • Surface: Ha 2
  • Altitude: 240 -310 m. s.l.m.
  • Exposure: South, South-West
  • Soil: white marl clayey- calcareous
  • Year of Planting: 1972-95
  • Training system: Guyot
  • Density:4200 vine/Ha
  • Production: maximum 7200 kg/Ha
  • Grape variety: Nebbiolo
  • First year of production: 2000 as Barbaresco “Boito”. Previously it was assembled with other vineyards of Nebbiolo for the production of the Barbaresco Rizzi 2009 as BARBARESCO RISERVA BOITO®
Winemaker's Notes

BARBARESCO RISERVA “BOITO” – Full, brilliant carnet-red in color. It has clean-cut perfumes with notes of rose and a very crisp fruit, fine tobacco and mint, plus a slight whiff of licorice, black pepper and cloves. Its taste is full and mellow, very balanced, with a nice and rich tannin structure. It is austere, masculine, muscular; a Barbaresco intended for long aging that will give great emotions, over the years.

Wine Summary

Made from Nebbiolo grapes; vine age – planted 1972-1995; grown on soils of white marl clayey- calcareous. Fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures for a period of 25-35 days. Aged in oak barrels (50Hl) for 20-24 months and then in concrete tanks for 6-8 months before bottling. Released 5 years after the harvest.

Technical Information
  • Harvest: The grapes are handpicked usually the first week of October (with small variations depending on the weather).
  • Fermentation and Maceration: in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures, not exceed values of 30°C, for a period of 25-35 days.
  • Malolactic Fermentation: Following the alcoholic fermentation, the wine is racked and undergoes a malolactic fermentation, which normally lasts a month.
  • Aging: For the Barbaresco aging is provided for about 20-24 months in oak barrels (50Hl), then into concrete and steel tanks for 6-8 months and then in bottle before the selling, 5 years later the harvest.



92 Points

The 2013 Barbaresco Riserva Rizzi Boito is aging nicely and moving carefully forward through its evolutionary process. It is thick and less openly vibrant, with notes of dried cherry and fruit. This is a sleek, streamlined and sophisticated wine. Drink 2019 – 2030

© Wine Advocate, April, 2019

92 Points

This is a pretty Barbaresco with blueberries, incense, tar and rose petals.  Medium to full body, lovely acidity drive and a medium-long finish.  Drink in 2021.

jamessuckling.com, September, 2018

96 Points

Full-bodied and focused, this gorgeous wine opens with enticing scents of dark-skinned berry, pipe tobacco, truffle, new leather and a whiff of camphor.  Savory and structured, the palate presents succulent red cherry, raspberry compote, licorice and baking spice accompanied by firm fine-grained tannins.  It’s well balanced, with fresh acidity.  Drink 2021-2033.

Wine Enthusiast, February, 2019

General Info

Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Appellation(s) Treiso, Neive, Neviglie
Proprietors Enrico Dellapiana
Founded 1974
Winemaker Enrico Dellapiana
Annual Production Between 7,500 to 9,000 9L cases