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2015 Serafino Rivella Barbaresco Montestefano

Nebbiolo

  • Italy
  • Piedmont
  • Langhe
  • Barbaresco
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Community Tasting Notes 3

  • MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 94 points

    September 25, 2020 - Still needs some time to come together but an overnight in the bottle really softened the palate. Sweet red fruit centric that turns a bit sour near the finish. Nonetheless this is beautiful layered for the price with licorice, rose, mineral, and dried herbs Rounding the fruit. Texturally silky but the acidity still sears even after 24 hours. Drinks well now but more promise to come after year 10.

  • JohanPe wrote: 94 points

    April 26, 2020 - Agree with pretty much everything in the excellent note from FORCEBERRY below. This is a simply stunning effort that checks all the boxes for what young Nebbiolo can be. Powerful with solid structure, slightly dry but with superb, juicy tannins. Also elegant and with a sweet layer to the mature fruit profile. Balsamico, rosehip and leather. Find it to be pretty approachable, relatively speaking, and far more enjoyable at this early stage than for example the '13. With that being said the '13 most certainly going to be a complete masterpiece in a decade or two, while I'm not sensing the same quality long term in this vintage. Don't even consider that a drawback, find it quite nice not to set the drinking window a couple of decades away, for once. High acidity, but in complete balance.
    Fantastic producer. Highly recommended.

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  • forceberry wrote: 93 points

    January 20, 2020 - Macerated with the skins for 4 weeks. Aged in large botti casks for 30-40 months, followed by 18 months in bottles. 14,5% alcohol. Tasted blind.

    Beautifully luminous, translucent and still quite youthful raspberry red color with the slightest pink hue. Somewhat restrained but also very nuanced nose with fragrant, sweet-toned aromas of licorice, juicy figs, some wizened black cherries, a little bit of gravelly minerality, light smoky tones, a hint of raspberry marmalade and a touch of blackberry jam. The wine is silky, moderately full-bodied and very dry on the palate with very intense flavors of ripe dark fruits, some gravelly minerality, a little bit of red plummy fruit, light umami notes of raw meat, a hint of sanguine iron and a touch of sour cherry bitterness. The wine is quite high in acidity with ample and rather assertive tannins that make the wine feel pretty grippy. The finish is spicy, tannic and slightly warm with long, powerful flavors of black cherries, peppery spice, some gravelly minerality, a little bit of sour cherry bitterness, light gamey notes of umami, a sweet hint of figs and a touch of dried roses.

    A very muscular, serious and rather tough Barbaresco that shows some obvious ripeness that is to be expected of a 2015 Barbaresco, but all in all the wine is not nearly as soft, jammy and accessible as so many 2015 Nebbiolos I've tasted have been. My guess was a non-interventionist Barbaresco from 2013, so I was very astonished to learn that this was a 2015 instead. The wine carries its ripeness and sweet-toned fruit flavors with remarkable grace and the overall feel is quite tightly-knit and even slightly aggressive at the moment, all things considered. Utterly delicious although still a bit too tough at the moment; shows remarkable potential for future development. Easily some of the most impressive 2015 Nebbiolos I've tasted. Really delivers for the price at 50€.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Barbaresco – Out of the Shadows: The 2016s & 2015s (Oct 2018), 10/1/2018 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2015
  • Type Red
  • Producer Serafino Rivella
  • Varietal Nebbiolo
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Montestefano
  • Country Italy
  • Region Piedmont
  • SubRegion Langhe
  • Appellation Barbaresco

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 8 (3%)
  • In Cellars 236 (90%)
  • Consumed 17 (7%)

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