Cordero-Rivetto Barolo Vertical Wine Tasting at N1: buyer and journalist opinions

On-the-spot impressions from the buyers and journalists who took part in the Cordero – Rivetto double vertical tasting

Serralunga d’Alba

Terrain of Tortonian origin, extremely clayey and calcareous, with a sub-alkaline reaction and a strong magnesium presence. Rich in marl under the surface. The microclimate in the hills of the Serralunga territory creates Nebbiolo grapes with good acidity and late maturation. These characteristics confer the wine extraordinary refinement, exceptional ageing capacity and powerful tannins.

La Morra

The clayey and only slightly calcareous terrain confers elegance and complexity to the wines. Magnesium and manganese oxides in the terrain facilitate the maturation of dense, soft tannins. An average altitude of 300 metres above sea level ensures ideal maturation for the grapes, resulting in unique wines.

1958 – Cordero – Average winter (long with harsh temperatures and some snow). Temperatures not excessively hot but rather perfect for the vegetative stage and a good range during the summer. Hot autumn. Rain generally not excessive. Low production. High quality.

1964 – Rivetto – An exceptional vintage, after two difficult years, characterized by a cool, sunny September. The early November harvest generated a potent, long-lived, complex but balanced wine with an extraordinarily rich bouquet.

1977 – Cordero – Average winter. Rather precocious vegetation. An intense week of rain in May and a lot of short rains in the summer necessitated a lot of work and treatments in the vineyard. Normal harvest, not very high gradations. Average production.

1978 – Rivetto – A year characterized by abundant rain in May, the blooming period, which influenced the quantitative yield.  In September, scant rain increased concentrations. A vintage of unique development destined for excellent ageing thanks to its structure. Rich, broad and above all elegant. Resists ageing well.

1982 – Cordero –Average winter, not too cold but with good and abundant snowfall. Spring and summer with sporadic rain and mild temperatures. Harvest in perfect weather conditions. Average plant yield of high quality. Very healthy grapes for the period.

1985 – Rivetto – Finally a good year after two difficult ones. Maturation of healthy, perfect fruit. A harvest that recalled the splendour of 1982: a glorious autumn, an exceptional year, characterized by a wonderful late October harvest that translated into a rich, structured wine with a broad range of aromas.

1992 – Cordero – Mild winter but then the temperatures dropped when they should have risen (March). Very rainy June (almost every day). July temperatures not excessively hot. Good harvest period. Grape quality good all the same.

1994 – Rivetto – The magic of Nebbiolo permits the production of commendable wines with good ageing capacity even in years characterized by lots of rain, which usually results in a mediocre vintage: attention and care in the wine production facility raise their qualitative level.

1999 – Cordero – On 7 June there was a powerful hailstorm complete with wind. Major damage in the north-east area, especially the Dolcetto plantings: Enrico VI, nothing; Colpiti Roddi, Verduno and Santa Maria most of all. Hot summer and little rain. Harvest began 9 September.

1999 – Rivetto – A truly great year. The first of a series. Great structure, excellent acidity, good sugar gradation destined for extraordinary ageing, to the point that today we can still consider it young. A classic.