Barbaresco Rizzi – 2018

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.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

It’s the emblem of the winery, the way through which the estate’s style shows itself, constantly looking for elegance and purity. It comes from the grapes harvested from the Rizzi Cru, which is a large vineyard varying in different altitudes, exposures and soils. This is a classical Barbaresco; notes of fresh fruit and underbrush coexist, giving it imminence and longevity.

  • Location: Treiso
  • Crü: Rizzi
  • Altitude: 720-1015 feet/220-310 meters
  • Exposure: South, South-West
  • Soil: White marl clayey-calcareous, alternated by sand
  • Vines Planted: 1967-2004
  • Vine Training System: Guyot
  • Planting Density: 3800-4400 vine/ha
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested into small crates October 1-10
  • Fermented in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks under 86ºF/30ºC for about 4 weeks
  • Wine racked, then 1 month malolactic fermentation
  • Aged 12 months in large oak barrels
  • Aged 8 months in concrete vats
  • Aged in bottle until 3 years from harvest before release
Winemaker's Notes

Fresh fruit and underbrush notes create Rizzi’s signature Barbaresco elegance and purity. Full in the mouth with a lingering finish, with promising longevity.

Wine Summary

100% Nebbiolo; alcohol: 14.5%; vines planted 1967-2004 in the Rizzi crü; altitude 720-1015 feet; soils: clay-calcareous alternated by sand; fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature about 4 weeks; malolactic fermentation, then aging in large oak barrels for 12 months, then aged in concrete tanks 6-9 months, bottle aged until 3 years after the harvest.

Technical Information
  • 100% Nebbiolo
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Total Acidity: 5.79 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 0.76 g/l


17++ Points

Treiso. Tasted blind. Just mid ruby with orange tinges. Pretty, perfumed cherry nose with a peppery tingle. Gorgeous compact cherry fruit palate perfectly balanced by firm, grainy bitter-sweet tannins. Fragrant and long. Can be approached now but will develop further. 2021 – 2030

JancisRobinson.com, July, 2021

90 Points

Like the rest of the new releases from this estate, the 2018 Barbaresco Rizzi has all its cards in place, but it lacks the intensity and depth you might expect. This is the cru closest to the Rizzi family house, which offers gorgeous views across the trellised hills of Treiso. Its fruit here is rendered soft and silky, but the end result is a fairly simple expression of Nebbiolo. 2023 – 2035

© Wine Advocate, June, 2021

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