WINE ENTHUSIAST TALK OF THE RIZZI BARBERA D'ALBA 2016
"Now is the Time to Drink Barbera from Piedmont"
Italy's Barbera used to be thought of as an everyday grape, but now Piedmont's winemakers are showcasing just how great its wines can be.
An article published on Wine Enthusiast Magazine (winemag.com) which speaks of one of the most famous and appreciated Piedmontese wines: Barbera.
"Barbera, the most planted red grape in Italy’s Piedmont region, produces some of the juiciest, most food-friendly wines in the country. It can yield fresh, easygoing expressions as well as full-bodied, elegant wines that can age up to 15 years"
"Though Barbera is planted throughout Italy, the best examples hail from Piedmont’s Barbera d’Asti, Barbera d’Alba and the recently created Nizza denominations."
"Vineyard location has been crucial to the wines’ improvement. While producers in Alba reserve preferred sites for Nebbiolo, growers in the Asti denomination plant Barbera on the best hillsides with southern exposures. Soils and average temperatures also differ between the denominations."
"In the Langhe hills around the town of Alba, Nebbiolo, the backbone of Barolo and Barbaresco, has always been the star grape. It still gets the best vineyard sites, and some producers have even ripped out both Barbera and Dolcetto to plant even more Nebbiolo. But a number of producers have Barbera vines on the same hillsides as their flagship grape, making savory, fruit-driven Barbera that should equally be on every wine lover’s radar"
Among the wines recommended by this important article, there is the:
Rizzi 2016 Barbera d'Alba
"Aromas of ripe black plum, black-skinned berry and a whiff of violet lead the nose on this irresistibly delicious wine. On the soft, juicy palate, pliant tannins wrap around layers of fleshy black raspberry, succulent Marasca cherry, orange zest and a hint of baking spice. One bottle may not be enough. Drink through 2020. The Sorting Table."