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Rivetto Barbaresco Marcarini
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Rivetto Barbaresco Marcarini 2017

Piedmont, ItalyYouthful, energetic, travelled Enrico Rivetto farms his family's estate with a philosophy beyond biodynamics (though they are the first Demeter certified vineyard in Barolo), and into complete biodiversity. From a single, south-east facing grey marl and sandy vineyard situated between Treiso and Barbaresco, planted at 350m, this nebbiolo was destemmed and deseeded before native fermentation and three weeks maceration in stainless steel tanks. The removal of the seeds is a unique process Enrico devised, resulting in a gentle silkiness to the elegant palate. This is a capture of the vintage, with blood orange threaded throughout the slender palate of cured sweet salami, cherry, wild strawberry, and fine pink peppercorn spice. The lengthy palate glides long along the medium palate, housed by ample fine and firm and lightly sticky tannins, effortlessly belying its 14.5%. There's a lovely salinity that lingers on the finish. Beautiful now with a decant, and with years to come.Tasted: 12 September 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 66.95 consignment Producer: RivettoDistributors: Le Sommelier Inc.
Grape: Nebbiolo