Testimonials from our best accounts
John Rittmaster, Prima Restaurant and Prima Wine Shop, Walnut Creek, CA"I’m lucky enough to be able to deal with some really smart, dedicated Italian wine importers in my line of work, and have been around long enough not to have to deal anymore with those who aren’t! Even in that exalted company, Giorgio Rivetti’s Indigenous Selections stands apart. In addition to selling his own wines, Rivetti has assembled an impressive stable of like-minded producers that only complement his personal holdings. Within the portfolio I deal not only with Giorgio’s own La Spinetta and Contratto wines, (I could happily drown in Contratto’s ‘For England’ Rose and totally dig those great Vermouths) but also fellow Piemontese winemakers Chiara Boschis and Malvira. Boschis is making some of the most consistently great Barolos I’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking and it’s nice to know Indigenous is looking out for me when it comes to allocations. And we’ve been buying the Ciacci Piccolomini wines for over 20 years so it was a great thing when their wonderful Brunellos wound up being carried by Indigenous making securing allocations infinitely easier than in the past. Rocca del Principe, from Campania, is another producer whose wines only add to the luster of the Indigenous portfolio and provides the quality, distinction and Rivetti-like panache for which this portfolio is known.
The bottle I am holding is Rivetti’s 2012 Langhe Nebbiolo, a wine Giorgio poured blind at a recent lunch near his cantina in Grinzane Cavour. I identified it correctly as a delicious Nebbiolo, only I thought it was a far more important wine- a single-vineyard Barolo of some distinction, perhaps. Surprise Surprise Surprise! This is as good a value as any Langhe Nebbiolo you’ll ever find and it takes a place alongside Rivetti’s Barbera d’Asti Ca’Pian as two Piemontese reds that seriously over-deliver for the price."