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Rivella Serafino Barbaresco Montestefano 2018


100% Nebbiolo. Rivella Serafino is a tiny cult producer of Barbaresco based in the historic Montestefano cru. Everything at the winery is done by Teobaldo Rivella and his wife Maria - they are both entirely hands on and make just two wines - the Barbaresco Montestefano and their Dolcetto d'Alba. Just 1000 cases of wine are produced each vintage. The vineyard was planted in 1963 by Rivella’s father, and the first vintage produced at the estate was 1967. Teobaldo's Montestefano parcel is next to his house, so he treats it, “come il mio giardino” (as my own little garden) he says, meticulously tended. Since the beginning, the vineyards have also been farmed organically. These wines are a glimpse of the Piedmont of yesteryear. Teobaldo and Maria are unabashedly ‘old-school’ in the best sense. There is a sense of strength, pride and character in how they operate and in speaking with other producers in the region, they are an underground cult figures in the region whose wines are sought out by the most serious and passionate Piedmont cogniscenti.

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