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.
The 2015 Barbaresco Rizzi is not overripe, but rich and dark instead. Glossy, natural rubber gives it linearity and firm contours. This wine offers pretty Nebbiolo-driven aromas of wild berry, pressed rose, tar and licorice. This is an elegant and contained expression. 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.
Wild berry, fragrant blue flower, tilled soil and ground spice aromas propel out of the glass. Structured but understated and elegant, the focused palate delivers mature cherry, star anise and a tobacco note alongside taut, refined tannins. Drink 2021-2027.
Alba. Tasted blind. Mid ruby with orange tinges. Cherry and forest-fruit on the nose. Ripe red fruit on the palate with firm tannins. Enormous length yet elegant. Needs more time to come together. 2020 – 2028