Arnaldo Rivera DOCG Diano D’ Alba Dolcetto 2017


‘Little sweet one’, so named because it is naturally low in acidity. Purple red colour, this Dolcetto gem has black cherry, raspberry and hints of blueberries on the nose. It’s soft and enticing and utterly with all of its ripe plum nectar flavours.

The village of Diano d’Alba is a story unto itself where the Barolo wine-growing area is concerned. In fact, traditionally the most widely grown varietal here is Dolcetto, which expresses all its character in the 76 vineyards with prized southerly exposures called “Sorì”. 100% Dolcetto fermentation and maceration for about one week in temperature controlled stainless steel. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation then 6 months ageing in stainless steel before release. A wine of great finesse, complex and elegant, dominated by the fruit with a solid and precise tannic structure.

Winefront – Gary Walsh – May 2020 – 91 Points

While it wasn’t maybe a high point for Nebbiolo, 2017 was an excellent year for Dolcetto and Barbera. I believe this is a side project from the large co-op, Cantina Terre del Barolo, who certainly have plenty of vineyard holdings to work with, in all the right crus. Importer: Ergo Wines

It’s a rich and ripe version of Dolcetto, and to an extent, almost puts me in mind of a Malbec. Plum, coffee, violet, spice, a plush flood of flavour, some new leather and tobacco, ripe and succulent, with a slick of suede-like tannin on the finish. Plenty to sink your teeth into here.

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Barolo, Piedmont, Italy

The project – Arnaldo Rivera wines were launched in early 2017, with Barolo vintage 2013. All  wines are from top Cru sites. The launch of AR represents a revolutionary moment in Barolo, they are the only winery in the area to produce Crus Barolo in each one of the historic villages of the appellation. Their flagship wine Barolo undicicomuni, a Barolo grande cuvée, actually works as an ambassador of the whole region, consisting of 11 villages..pretty cool!! The winery has signed an agreement with the most prestigious vineyards in order to harvest grapes of the very highest quality.

The man – Arnaldo Rivera was born on December 13th 1919 in Castiglione Falletto, a small village at the heart of the historic Barolo winegrowing area. He was a local primary school teacher, mayor of his village for 36 years, and founder in 1958 of the Terre del Barolo winery, which still today is the only direct cooperative wine cellar in Barolo. The reasons that led Arnaldo Rivera to envisage a cooperative winery in Barolo are associated with his profound understanding of the particular characteristics of the area and its people, combined with great foresight and a desire for social justice.

The result – The combination of an in-depth knowledge of the geological origins of the Barolo wine growing area plus an intensely visionary project to only work with the very best sites has resulted in fine wines of the highest quality.


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