Barbaresco Rizzi Riserva “Boito” – 2016

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

Vigna Boito is located on the upper part, a “saddle,” of the Rizzi Cru, in soils that are geologically younger than the surrounding areas: more clay and deeper.

  • Altitude: 790-1015 feet/240 – 310 meters
  • Exposure: South, SouthWest
  • Soils: White marl, clayey-calcareous
  • Vines Planted: 1972 – 1995
  • Vine Training System: Guyot
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested into small crates October 1-10
  • Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks under 86ºF for about 4 weeks
  • After racking, malolactic fermentation takes 1 month
  • Aged 20 months in large Slavonian oak barrels
  • Bottle aged until at least 50 months from 1st of November following harvest
Winemaker's Notes

A muscular and classic Barbaresco with long aging potential. Ripe plum, violet, leather and licorice greet the nose and flow through the palate. Enrico Dellapiana uses “both hands” to create Riserva Boito: one to make the wine, the other to paint the original label for each vintage. 2016 is an homage to Kobe and Gianna Bryant, and his personal history and love of basketball.

Wine Summary

100% Nebbiolo; alcohol: 15%; grown in the upper “saddle” of the Rizzi Cru, on geologically younger soils, more clayey-calcareous and deeper; hand harvested 10/1 – 10/2016; fermented in stainless steel tanks under 86ºF for 4 weeks; 1 month malolactic fermentation; aged in large Slavonian oak barrels for 20 months; aged in bottle until 50 months after harvest; 2016 label designed and hand painted by Enrico Dellapiana, in homage to Kobe and Gianna Bryant and Enrico’s love of basketball.

Technical Information
  • 100% Nebbiolo
  • Alcohol: 15%
  • Total Acidity: 6.35 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 1.25 g/l
  • Extract: 27.5


91 Points

Aromas of baked plum and menthol form the nose along with whiffs of forest floor. The brawny palate offers dried cherry, star anise and the heat of evident alcohol while assertive, grainy tannins clench the grippy finish.

Wine Enthusiast, April, 2022

93 Points

Lots of beautiful pure fruit to this with ripe strawberry and black cherry aromas and flavors, with some sliced lemon and wet earth. Medium to full body. Firm tannins and a slightly chewy finish. Just opening now and shows the glory of the vintage. Drink or hold.

jamessuckling.com, September, 2022

93 Points

The 2016 Barbaresco “Vigna Boito” Riserva from Cascina Rizzi is made from an upper section of the vineyard of Rizzi, where the soils are a bit different, with more clay and less chalk. The wine is also handled a bit differently in the cellars than the other Crus from the Dellapiana family, as the wine is aged solely in botti for twenty months prior to bottling and is then given sufficient bottle aging in the cellars to reach more than four years of aging prior to release. The 2016 Vigna Boito Riserva delivers a deep aromatic constellation of red and black cherries, roasted meats, woodsmoke, a complex base of soil, red curry, fresh oregano and a nice touch of spice in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with great focus and soil undertow, ripe, chewy tannins, good acids and a very long, complex and ever so slightly warm finish. This tips the scales at fifteen percent in 2016, and though it carries its alcohol beautifully, it does show a bit of the ripeness of the vintage. 2035 – 2100

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