Langhe Nebbiolo – 2020

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

Vineyards in Treiso. Langhe Nebbiolo is the perfect example of how to understand the king of Piedmontese vines.

  • Altitude: 750-1215 feet/230–370 meters
  • Exposure: South, SouthWest
  • Soils: White marl, clayey-calcareous, with alternating sandy layers
  • Vines Planted: 1995 – 2015
  • Vine Training System: Guyot
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested into small crates the first 10 days of October
  • Fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature < 86ºF/30ºC for 3 weeks
  • Wine racked before malolactic fermentation lasting about a month
  • Aged 12 months in large Slavonian oak barrels before bottling
Winemaker's Notes

The color is bright ruby red, it releases floral, fruity and spicy scents. Body and tannic structure are mouth-wateringly elegant. Coming from noble “raw materials,” this Langhe Nebbiolo is a classic yet contemporary version. It’s a versatile wine, perfect for an aperitif, lunch or dinner.

Wine Summary

100% Nebbiolo; alcohol: 14%; grown in white marl, clay-calcareous soils, alernated with sand; hand harvested 1st ten days of October; fermented 3 weeks under 86ºF and 1 month malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks; aged 12 months in large Slavonian oak barrels.

Technical Information
  • 100% Nebbiolo
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Total Acidity: 5.47


91 Points

The 2020 Langhe Nebbiolo from Enrico Dellapiana is crafted from the younger vines the family has in the township of Treiso, with the vines planted between 1995 and 2015. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and aged in Slavonian oak botti for a year prior to bottling. The 2020 version comes in at en even fourteen percent octane and offers up a beautiful, red fruity nose of cherries, blood orange, gamebird, rose petals, lovely spice tones, a complex base of chalky soil tones and a touch of cedar. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, tangy and beautifully transparent in personality, with a lovely core of red fruit, superb mineral undertow, buried tannins and a long, complex and impeccably balanced finish. This shows its Barbaresco pedigree and will be a superb drink with a few years bottle age. A great, great value! 2027 – 2045+

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