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Rizzi 2005 Boito Barbaresco DOCG - Review

Piedmont, Italy

Our Selection for Wine of the Week November 28, 2011

A bottle of Rizzi 2005 Boito Barbaresco DOCG, our wine of the week

2005 Boito Barbaresco DOCG

Piedmont, Italy

Ernesto Dellapiana founded Rizzi in 1974 on his family's eighteenth-century estate. Growing the company to 90 planted acres, Dellapiana has turned his dream into one of the largest wine companies in the Barbaresco-growing region. In addition to producing several Barbarescos, Rizzi produces Chardonnay, Dolcetto, Barbera, Moscato d'Asti and a late harvest Moscato. In addition, the Dellapiana family welcomes guests with a bed and breakfast on the winery's historic property. The "Boito" Barbaresco is made from a selection of the best grapes harvested from Rizzi's Boito vineyard. It offers a bouquet of roses and wildflowers on the nose with just a hint of red fruit and spice. Although subtle on the palate, the spice notes carry through to the finish. A masculine wine with a tight, tannic structure, its acidic red fruit flavors are modest and evolve to more gamey notes at the back of the palate. The wine would make a nice choice for wild game dishes like seared venison loin, braised rabbit or pasta with a wild boar sauce. It would also make a fine accompaniment to aged, Italian cheeses like a high quality Pecorino or Parmesan.

Rating: 14/20

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