Barbera d'Alba Loirano Soprano
Driving past Asti, you’ll come to Alba, then pass Barolo--make sure to roll down the windows before taking on the stomach turning switchback ascent straight up the hill towards Serralunga. Just at the limits of the Barolo appellation, you will come across the Rivetto estate, 23 captivating hectares of planted vineyards, orchards, and gardens. Charles Lazzara, the president of Volio, met Enrico in 2005, beginning an incredibly fruitful partnership and even deeper friendship. Rivetto was only the second producer to join Volio’s portfolio. At the time, Enrico’s father was phasing out his involvement at the winery, which allowed Enrico to step into a more significant leadership role. He is extremely invested in poly farming as a method to naturally stabilize and enrich the vineyard, in turn allowing it to care for itself more sustainably. He remains committed to biodynamic farming and is currently in the process of becoming Demeter certified. And from this Eden he reaps remarkable rewards. His wines have gained considerable international admiration over the last ten years, really taking off in 2011 when his 2006 Barolo was ranked #16 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 list. In 2011 he planted his first Nascetta vines, which has been gaining momentum as an indigenous white varietal in a traditionally Nebbiolo-focused region. Enrico Rivetto can talk to anyone in the world about his wines. A farmer at heart, he has slowly and strategically stitched together a lush quilt of an estate atop the Lirano hill near the town of Serralunga. Each element of his domain feeds the others. His commitment to truly natural winemaking is apparent in the love with which he speaks about the birds, herbs, moss, worms, and vegetables that grow in and around the concentrated property. Rivetto benefits from having all 23 hectares of his lands (15 of which are vineyards) on the same hilltop, allowing him to care for the vines and react to problems more efficiently. It has facilitated an intimate familiarity with the behaviors, strengths, and weaknesses of his vines.
Taken only from the "heart of the bunch" these wines are deeply intense and well structured. Some of the biggest Barbera's I've tasted.
The Loiranosoprano is the upper part of Zio Nando vineyard situated at the top of Lirano hill, enjoying a splendid position on the crag. These conditions guarantee a wine with a potency and refinement that is unique in Langa. Optimal tannic and aromatic development over time. Vinified only in the best vintages for Barbera grapes. Manually harvested.
Stalk removal, pressing and maceration for 2 days on average, duration of maceration almost 15 days. Controlled temperature fermentation at 30° C. Malolactic completed.