A muscular and classic Barbaresco with long aging potential. Ripe plum, violet, leather and licorice greet the nose and flow through the palate. Enrico Dellapiana uses “both hands” to create Riserva Boito: one to make the wine, the other to paint the original label for each vintage. 2016 is an homage to Kobe and Gianna Bryant, and his personal history and love of basketball.
100% Nebbiolo; alcohol: 15%; grown in the upper “saddle” of the Rizzi Cru, on geologically younger soils, more clayey-calcareous and deeper; hand harvested 10/1 – 10/2016; fermented in stainless steel tanks < 30º C for 4 weeks; 1 month malolactic fermentation; aged in large Slavonian oak barrels for 20 months; aged in bottle until 50 months after harvest; 2016 label designed and hand painted by Enrico Dellapiana, in homage to Kobe and Gianna Bryant and Enrico’s love of basketball.
ots of beautiful pure fruit to this with ripe strawberry and black cherry aromas and flavors, with some sliced lemon and wet earth. Medium to full body. Firm tannins and a slightly chewy finish. Just opening now and shows the glory of the vintage. Drink or hold.
- James Suckling, 93 pts.
Aromas of baked plum and menthol form the nose along with whiffs of forest floor. The brawny palate offers dried cherry, star anise and the heat of evident alcohol while assertive, grainy tannins clench the grippy finish.
- Wine Spectator, 91 pts.