2016, what a beauty!

Categories: Stories, Vineyards and wines

The optimism in the air has become a reality. I can calmly affirm that 2016, in the end, is a year of excellent value. Sometimes people wait to say such things out of superstition. They think it, but they don’t say it. However, I now believe that this year has been more than great for…

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2015 Harvest – A pleasure to experience

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The 2015 harvest ended with exhilaration and satisfaction for all the producers in Langa, Piedmont, and perhaps even all of Italy. It didn’t start well. The rainy ghosts of 2014 hovered for the entire spring, but then summer took care of everything. A lot of the water which had accumulated in our clay guaranteed a…

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Spring has arrived, time to work!

Categories: Vineyards and wines

In the middle of March, the temperatures were absolutely spring-like. Those lovely days helped nature awaken and as a result, the germination of the grape vines is imminent.  The nice temperatures make it easy to work in the fields. This is what we have been up to:   Tying the young vines to the stake,…

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The 2013 grape harvest: September magic

Categories: Vineyards and wines

I liked the 2013 harvest because it was emotionally intense. A cold, humid spring and a mild summer pointed to a bad year, but September turned everything around: it was a month I would call climatically perfect. This year’s harvest was concentrated in the month of October, something that has not happened for a long time….

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The last snow

Categories: Vineyards and wines

[Note: this post was originally published in Italian on 18 March 2013.] By this point I have lost count; it’s the fifth or sixth snow this season, confirming that winter 2012–2013 has been a long one. The weather predictions say that spring is just around the corner and the first thing to take into consideration…

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China enigma

Categories: Winetrotter

Hong Kong, Dalian, Shenyang, Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing in 13 days, I can assure you it was a real tour de force. I absorbed tons of information, observed, tasted and tried to immerse myself as much as possible in Chinese culture. I have tried to reflect on it, but must admit that the tardiness of this…

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

Categories: Events

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…

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Keep an eye on those two

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Rivetto 64-78-85-94-99 Cordero 58-77-82-92-99 10 vintages, 10 Barolos, 10 fragments of our histories, for a peerless vertical tasting. Alberto Cordero and I, on the occasion of Nebbiolo Prima, wanted to offer buyers and journalists (30 total, coming from all over the world) what that they themselves described as a unique experience. Serralunga d’Alba against La…

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For Easter, bring out a Barolo Chinato!

Categories: Vineyards and wines

For Easter, chocolate eggs are obligatory, and if you want to enjoy the taste of this holiday to the fullest, uncork a bottle of Rivetto Barolo Chinato and pair it with some dark chocolate – it will be exquisite! This infused wine divides palates, either you love it or you hate it. At first it is sweet…

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31 August 2011: The Lightning Harvest Begins

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The harvest officially began on 31 August and it will be fast one: during the preceding week, the precocious grape varieties suffered a lack of water that caused them to ripen passively.  The analytic picture is very strange, with very high alcohol gradations and acidity. The 2011 harvest mirrors the see-saw character of the summer…

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