Rivetto “Leon” Riserva Barolo 2008
When he's not sporting an up and coming NBA player's jersey, he's probably busy showering from the countless hours of work Enrico Rivetto puts into farming his vineyard holdings in Serralunga d'Alba. But he doesn't just farm them like any other old center; he attacks them with ultimate sustainability and fully certified biodynamics. He has ducks and donkeys not just for show but for function. His Nebbiolo vines receive energy and pest protection from nature, not man.
All of this means his wines show the character of Serralunga (on the southeast corner of the Barolo DOC) much more than most. 2008 was overlooked, and that's a good thing. The flashy, fashionable vintages such as 2000 and 2015 might taste great out of a barrel but they don't have the backbone to age and evolve into a truffle-laden beauty that Barolo at its best becomes. To disallow that is sinful.