Barbaresco Rizzi – 2019

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 PlantedBar: 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/30º C for about 3.5 weeks
  • Wine racked, then 1 month malolactic fermentation
  • Aged 12 months in large oak barrels
  • Aged 6-9 months in concrete vats
  • Aged in bottle prior to release
Winemaker's Notes

Notes of fresh fruit and underbrush combine to create Rizzi’s signature Barbaresco elegance and purity. Prominent in the mouth with a lingering longevity on the finish, also portending great ageability.

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 3.5 weeks; malolactic fermentation, then aging in 50Hl 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: 5.56 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 0.49 g/l


17.5 Points

Alba. Just mid ruby. Concentrated raspberry and strawberry with a peppery tingle and saline, minerally hints. Ripe raspberry fruit that really sticks to the elegant palate. Fresh acidity and a layer of cracking tannins on the finish. Long, precise and lithe. 2022 – 2030

JancisRobinson.com, June, 2022

92 Points

Red berry, blue flower and ground nutmeg aromas come to the forefront. Linear and already accessible, the palate offers sour cherry, spiced cranberry and star anise accompanied by fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity. Drink through 2029.

Wine Enthusiast, September, 2022

93 Points

Here’s one of those fun occasions when a private estate name matches the MGA vineyard name. With fruit from the village of Treiso, the Rizzi 2019 Barbaresco Rizzi is austere and compact with a rich display of dark cherry and currant. Pretty layers of spice and leather fill in at the back, giving this wine a stronger sense of power and momentum. This vintage came out very nicely. 2024 – 2036

© Wine Advocate, August, 2022

93 Points

Attractive sweet berry and cherry aromas with some flowers and light spices. Medium-bodied with linear tannins. Very textured. A balanced and pretty 2019. Drink in 2024 and onwards.

jamessuckling.com, September, 2022

94 Points

As the township of Treiso has the highest vineyard elevations in the Barbaresco D.O., the Dellapianas’ wines are always beautifully transparent and inherently elegant examples. Their Cru bottling of Rizzi is perhaps the most ethereal of their bottlings from this village, with an intensely red fruity personality that shares some similarities with Asili over in the township of Barbaresco proper. It is never as deep as Asili, but in has a similar aromatic and flavor profile, at least to my palate. The 2019 Rizzi from Enrico Dellapiana is outstanding, cherries, red plums, spit-roasted pigeon, rose petals, woodsmoke, curry, a beautiful base of white soils, mustard seed, camphor and a nice touch of spice tones in the upper register. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, transparent and shows off excellent red fruity mid-palate depth, with tangy acids, fine-grained tannins, great focus and grip and a long, complex, vibrant and impeccably balanced finish. Again, this absolutely roars to conclusion on the finish! Great juice. 2033 – 2090

View From The Cellar, November, 2022

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