The Negretti 2018 Barolo Rive (with 7,000 bottles produced) offers smooth concentration and the slightly softer vinous disposition that one might associate with wines from La Morra. This is a balanced and fresh Nebbiolo with a more accessible personality that suits it very nicely, especially if paired with one of the rich meat sauces and pasta dishes that are typical of Piedmont's regional cuisine. Grapes are harvested from a south-facing position, and the vines are 45 years old. Some of that freshness and brightness is locked in during a brief phase of cryomaceration (for 36 hours), and aging occurs in Austrian oak casks. This is a terrific find.
Expressive and full of "red" energy, it shows notes of raspberries, currants, linden, calendula, orange juice and gooseberries. In the background, the nuances of cedar pieces increase the complexity. Full body, well velvety soft tannins and very well integrated into the matrix and a frank and tasty finish that makes precision of execution its main weapon. Better since 2024.
Red-cherry and walnut-shell character to this rather racy Barolo, at least until it hits the barrier of firm tannin towards the end. Medium-bodied and delicately poised at the moment. Needs a little bottle time to gain some depth and complexity. Try from 2023.
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We’re long time fans of all things Negretti – now two decades into making their own wines from the incredible La Morra section of Barolo’s Piedmonte – and their wines simply get better every single year! This single cru bottling of their holding in Rive is remarkable! 94 points (twice) and one of the most elegant and perfumed examples of Barolo we’ve found yet!
Brothers Massimo and Ezio Negretti own prime stretches of vineyard in Roddi, La Morra, and Monforte, and make powerful, classically-styled, ageable wines from their winery near La Morra. The Negretti family’s roots have always been firmly set in their passion for wine, and while the winery has only been around since 2002, Massimo and Ezio make firmly traditional wines that preserve the traditions of their ancestors. Today, and particularly in Barolo’s recent stretch of warmer-than-normal vintages, La Morra has become known for producing powerful, extracted, and concentrated wines, yet Negretti manages to maintain the sort of ethereal delicacy here that stands apart for its purity and class.
The grapes undergo a cold soak prior to fermentation – which allows for the extraction of color without pulling additional tannin – something that really translates nicely to the final product. The wine is deeply ruby and full, but the tannins are soft and velvety, without the astringency to the tannins that are so often found in young cru Barolo. As such, the wine is accessible and approachable even in its youth, albeit with plenty of acidity and structure integrated within to develop over the next decade. The core of the wine is polished and complex, with red cherries, rose petals, raspberries, and orange peel – accentuated by spice notes such as cinnamon, clove, and cedar. Now nearly 5 years young, the wine has really hit its stride and will remain on this elevated plateau for years to come. This is a prime value, cru Barolo that seriously over-delivers – and all without requiring further patience and cellaring on your part!
About the Producer
Since 2002, Brothers Massimo and Ezio Negretti own prime stretches of vineyard in Roddi, La Morra, and Monforte, and make powerful, classically-styled, ageable wines from their winery near La Morra. As young as this dynamic, enterprising venture may be, however, the past has not been forgotten in the traditions handed down from great grandparents, who were wine growers and producers way back at the beginning of the last century.