Barbera d’Alba – 2017

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

Barbera D’Alba Barbera Planted 1967 –  2004 white marl clayey- calcareous, alternated by sand

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Location: Treiso
  • Soils: White marl, clayey-calcareous, alternated with sand
  • Altitude: 280 – 330 meters
  • Exposure: South and East
  •  Vines planted: 1967 – 2004
  • Training system: Guyot
  • Planting density: 4000 vines/Ha
Harvest Notes
  • Hard harvested between end September and first week of October
  • Fermented in stainless steel containers at controlled temperature for 8-10 days
  • Malolactic fermentation usually lasts a further month
  • Aged in large oak casks, partly in stainless steel and concrete vats for 1.5 years after the harvest
Winemaker's Notes

Bright red ruby color with clear crimson highlights. Deep, full perfumes, elegant, well-balance and enduring, reminiscent of rose, undergrowth, and oriental spices. Very powerful bouquet. Fine structure accompanied by lively acidic freshness, sweetened by overall softness. Flavors conjure up Morello cherry and plum jam with a long finish.

Serve with pasta and red meat, medium-mature soft, fatty cheeses, salamis.

Wine Summary

100% Barbera; vineyard in Treiso; soils white marl, clayey-calcareous with sand; altitude 280 – 330 meters; vines planted 1967-2004; hand harvested end September; fermented in stainless steel at controlled temperature 8-10 days; malolactic fermentation for another month; aged in large oak casks, stainless steel and concrete vats for 1.5 years after harvest.

Technical Information
  • 100% Barbera grapes


91 Points

This shows lots of bright fruit and orange peel on the nose and palate. It’s medium-bodied with fine, integrated tannins and a bright finish. Lively and crisp, as well as creamy. Drink now.

jamessuckling.com, August, 2020

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