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Ernesto Dellapiana left Turin over 40 years ago to found Rizzi. Starting wtih the Rizzi farmhouse and its vineyards on the two sides of the hill (Cru Rizzi) and Cru Nervo (a four-hectare plot under the village of Treiso), the winery has been expanded a few hectares at a time. Today, Ernesto and his wife are assisted in both production and sales by their son and daughter. A true family affair, these estate wines are recognized by Gambero Rosso and all of the major critics as emblematic and pillars in the Barbaresco region.
This BARBARESCO is garnet in color with orange reflections typical of Nebbiolo. The nose has a fragrant and crisp aroma, with hints of red fruits and flavors of berries, and herbs, with floral and spicy notes. On the palate shows a great texture and tannic structure, with a nice sweetness, delicacy, elegance, great balance and fine tannins and a long finish, fruity and a bit of nerve.
The 2016 Barbaresco Rizzi is the most balanced wine in this series. The other wines feel a bit too ripe in my opinion, even in this 2016 vintage. This wine offers a soft and delicate side that is expressed with sweet fruit, spice, licorice and tar. This wine is firm and ultimately the most elegant. It could be served right away with a dish of veal-filled agnolotti. ~93+ WA
Wild berry, menthol, herb and leather aromas take center stage along with star anise. The tightly wound palate reflects the nose, showing red cherry, pomegranate, licorice and tobacco alongside fine-grained tannins and racy acidity that create a firm finish. ~93WE
Here’s a very pretty Barbaresco confidently placed in floral territory, where violets are joined by sour cherries and bright citrus. The medium-to full-bodied palate is tightly knit, but poised to deliver power as it unwinds through compressed citrus and blue fruit. Drink from 2022. ~93JS
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