Leon Rivetto - 2015 Barolo

2015 Barolo

Piemonte, Italy

It was an unusual year for Barolo with lots of variations in the weather, but ultimately the wines are rich and expressive. Plenty of wild forest fruit in this one. Flecks of menthol, burnt gum trees and heady spices. Fine-grained tannins sitting pretty with kirsch, cooked plums and star anise/fresh fennel. Something to mull over.

To find those who work within the lunar cycle, around the school of biodynamics, is hard work in these somewhat elitist, fabled regions that have succumbed to auction-house pricing. However, Rivetto is one of the good ones. In 2011 they started to think and act organic in the vineyards, naturally progressing to biodynamic production in 2015. They grow many wild, local flowers and plants within the rows and the surrounding land is covered in fertile fruit trees and hazelnuts. The wines are so expressive, nourishing and yet retain the classic air of the region. One for collectors and experimenters.