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Wine made from grapes grown on 2 different vineyards within the cru, facing south-west at an average elevation of 410 m asl.

Varietal: 100% Nebbiolo

Origin: Monforte d'Alba

Type of soil: white, silty with gravel, medium calcareous.

Geological substrate: Sant’Agata fossil marl in transition to Diano sandstone, 9 million years old (Tortonian age).

Vinification: fermentation on the skins in stainless steel for 16 days at a controlled temperature. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in wood.

Aging: 32 months in new French oak tonneaux.

Average annual production: 4.500 bottle

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The Arnaldo Rivera 2016 Barolo Bussia is actually a blend of two sites located within Bussia at about 410 meters above sea level. The vines were planted in 1969, with more plantings between 1981 and 2003. Starting with the 2018 vintage, a third site in Bussia Gabutti adjacent to Romirasco will be added to the blend. This vintage boasts a dark and nicely saturated appearance with bold cherry, blackberry, tar and licorice. I also get a distinct aroma that reminds me of bitter almond or toasted hazelnut. The tannins are slightly astringent and textured, requiring more bottle age until they subside. Some 4,500 bottles were released.

Founded in 1958 and based in Castiglione Falletto, Terre del Barolo is one of the most important cooperative wineries in the area, counting 300 member families who farm 600 hectares of vines. Three years ago, the winery embarked on an ambitious renewal effort, and one of its biggest projects was to rebrand the top-shelf wines under the name Arnaldo Rivera (the winery founder, who, as a businessman, teacher and World War II partigiano, or resistance fighter, was a larger-than-life figure). The cooperative is the only reality in the appellation that farms in all 11 comuni, or villages, of Barolo. This set of wines represents that amazing access to fruit, vineyards, microclimates and exposures. Those many variables are then transformed under the watchful eye of a single winemaker and a single team back at the Terre del Barolo winery under the management of Winery Director Stefano Pesci. There are 10 cru wines made from eight comuni. In addition, the classic Barolo called "Undicicomuni," represents a blend of as many as 21 vineyard sites, depending on the vintage.

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Castiglione Falletto, Piedmont


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