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2018 Barbaresco, Cru Rizzi

Cantina Rizzi, named after the Rizzi vineyard, sits just outside of Treiso and was a discovery for us in 2019.  Owned and run by the Dellapiana family, the style here is for beautifully ripe, plush wines that age impeccably well though are so fragrant and forward that they are hard to resist in their youth.  We have bought all the wine that we have been offered by the winery ever since.

Their 2018 “Cru Rizzi” is simply gorgeous and a perfect example of the Rizzi style, with a fragrance that entices you back to the glass again and again.  Rizzi is a single vineyard, one which straddles the border between Barbaresco and Barolo.  This lends the wine an almost unique profile and fragrance. John Gilman (View From the Cellar) describes the wine as “absolutely beautiful”; Walter Speller of jancisrobinson.com describes it as “fragrant and long”.  We think it utterly seductive, and an awful lot of wine for £220 per dozen in bond.

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Italy2018Barbaresco cru Rizzi, Cantina Rizzi

6 bottle minimum order

BT3 \ 642220.001293+ JG4224.44444493.1093.10Barbaresco cru Rizzi0.7510
Italy2018Barbaresco cru Rizzi, Cantina RizziMG0 \ 33230.00693+ JG325.55555533333393.1093.10Barbaresco cru Rizzi1.510
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The 2018 Barbaresco “Rizzi” from the Dellapiana family is absolutely beautiful young wine, with superb purity and transparency down to its underlying terroir. Most of the vines in this twelve hectare vineyard were planted in 1967, though some younger vines were planted here also in 2013 (and most likely still find their way into the Nebbiolo Langhe bottling).The lovely bouquet of the 2018 wafts from the glass in a blend of cherries, rose petals, gamebird, curry, complex soil tones, anise and a topnote of woodsmoke. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied and ripe, with a sappy core of fruit, lovely soil signature, ripe, firm tannins and a long, tangy and complex finish. This is still a young wine, but it has all of the pieces in place to be a superb drink once it starts to blossom. This is a ripe vintage for this wine, coming in listed at a fifteen percent, but this was the same octane level of the 2016 Crus from the Produttori del Barbaresco, and like those wines, the 2018 Rizzi Cru bottling does not show any signs of heat or a lack of precision from its ripeness level. 2035-2085.

John Gilman, View From the Cellar (94), August 2021

Swathes of strawberry jam on the nose, with hints of spice and tobacco adding complexity. Ultimately, though, this is all about fruit and the primacy of it - this will make lovely drinking early on. Fine acidity keeps this fresh, and the length is impressive. A totally seductive Barbaresco.

Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, October 2020

17++ points. Treiso. Tasted blind. Just mid ruby with orange tinges. Pretty, perfumed cherry nose with a peppery tingle. Gorgeous compact cherry fruit palate perfectly balanced by firm, grainy bitter-sweet tannins. Fragrant and long. Can be approached now but will develop further. 2021-2030

Walter Speller, JancisRobinson.com, July 2021