Bricco delle Viole Barolo Riserva DOCG



100% Nebbiolo


Piedmont, Italy


Bricco delle Viole Barolo Riserva DOCG

Viberti Bricco delle Viole Barolo Riserva is produced from an estate-owned single vineyard in limited quantities exclusively in the finest vintages.  This powerful wine shows aromas of raisined red and black fruit and spices.  Hints of earth, particularly minerals, and wild flowers follow.  It is aged 46 months in tini prior to stabilizing in stainless steel tanks over 3 months.  Cellared an additional 12 months, it will further develop in bottle over the next decade or more.



Decanter - 94 pts

Still ruby in colour, it has an assertive floral character, with wild strawberry and pomegranate, a deep smoky woodland note, and liquorice root complexity. There’s great elegance of minerality and vibrant violet on the palate, with velvety, dusty tannins, crisp acidity, and a bit of sternness on the finish. Good length and good concentration, with a liquorice candy finish and great savouriness.

A. Fiordelli, Feb. 2023

James Suckling - 94 pts

Notes of ground spices, dried citrus peel and strawberry bush with some raspberries and walnuts in the background. Medium-bodied with chalky tannins. Tense and vibrant fruit with lovely polish. Very attractive.

J. Suckling, June 2023

Wine Spectator - 91 pts

A bright, focused red, exhibiting cherry, plum, menthol and earth flavors, with a line of stiff tannins underneath. Picks up licorice and woodsy underbrush details, while the strong grip of tannins reigns on the lingering finish.

B. Sanderson, Nov. 2023


James Suckling - 94 pts

Very alluring nose with pine and a hint of tiger balm cream to the red cherries. Mineral, too. Really juicy and bright on the palate with lots of firm and chalky tannins that give it a tight rounding.

J. Suckling, Oct. 2022

Wine Advocate - 96 pts

The Giovanni Viberti 2016 Barolo Riserva Bricco delle Viole is an exceptional wine with a most unique bouquet that is alive with blue flower, balsam herb, mint and cola. I just love it, although I recognize that not everyone is as crazy about those medicinal nuances as I am. The wine is vertical and bright, with aromas that come blasting off the bouquet. The wine’s structure is fine and silky. This is a keeper.

M. Larner, August 2022


Decanter - 90 pts

In the open and solar Bricco delle Viole, Viberti manages a vineyard that was planted in 1964. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks (as well as for malolactic fermentation), than subject to long ageing in Slavonian oak cask for 46 to 50 months. More violet than rose on the nose, this has dried cherries and strawberry flavours that are wrapped up in a soft structure with ripe tannins and refreshing, moderate acidity. There is a very good balance between fruit (again strawberry) and extraction.

A. Fiordelli, April 2021

Wine Advocate - 92 pts

This wine, with fruit from the village of Barolo, shows lots of fun aromas of exotic spice and clove that are delivered in a measured and elegant manner. Those savory characteristics come from the fruit and the age of the wine and not necessarily from the oak. The Giovanni Viberti 2015 Barolo Riserva Bricco delle Viole shows a lot of verve and character, and the closer you inspect this vintage, the more you are aware of crushed rose, dried violet and essence of truffle. It is an offbeat Barolo for sure but quite interesting nonetheless.

M. Larner, June 2021


James Suckling - 93 pts

Aromas of sliced plums, tar and wet earth follow through to a full body with chewy tannins and a juicy finish. A little linear on the finish, but will come around nicely with time. Try after 2023.

J. Suckling, August 2020


Wine Spectator - 90 pts

Showing some development, with sweet cherry, truffle, mint and floral aromas and flavors, this is elegant, supported by a solid structure. The tannins are still a bit beefy on the finish, yet this has all the elements to find equilibrium in a few years. Best from 2022 through 2033.

B. Sanderson, Dec. 2019


James Suckling - 94 pts

Aromas of blueberries and cherries with hints of flowers follow through to a full body, deep fruit and polished tannin structure.

James Suckling, March 2017

James Suckling - 94 pts

“Aromas of blueberries and cherries with hints of flowers follow through to a full body, deep fruit and polished tannin structure. A beauty.”

James Suckling, March 2017


Wine Enthusiast - 90 pts

Aromas of this brawny wine suggest black plum, berry, violet, leather and dill. Notes of licorice, tobacco and bleck pepper back up the sour cherry fruit. Big with round tannins. Drink through 2019.

K. O'Keefe, December 31, 2014


Wine & Spirits - 94 pts - Year's Best

From a vineyard in the commune of Barolo rising from 1,300 to 1,650 feet, this is a selection of 50-year-old vines. Sommelier Levi Dalton described the wine as having both power and nuance; that seeming contradiction only increases in both directions with time in the glass. One aspect of the wine is dark and impacted, with austere nebbiolo tannins that hold the energy sustaining all the complexity around them. The other side is fresh, bright and briskly floral, with scents of violets and game, the truffle-rich fruit making it feel luxurious. Beautiful now, this should live large for a decade or more.

J. Greene, December 2012

Wine Spectator - 92 pts

Rich, with black cherry and blackberry flavors mingling with balsamic and tar notes as this unfolds through the long finish. Solidly built and intense, leaving a dusty sensation from the firm tannins. Best from 2015 through 2030.

B. Sanderson, March 2012


Wine Enthusiast - 91 pts

This Riserva Barolo offers a unique perspective on the Nebbiolo grape. There’s a ton of natural spice in this expression but it’s not the obvious vanilla and clove. Instead, this wine delivers dried currant, licorice, anise, earth and sweet cherry. It has a round, velvety feel and a soft finish. It’s ready to drink now or could age more.

M. Larner, April 2009

Wine Spectator - 94 pts

This extremely ripe, cherry jam and sweet licorice-flavored red also boasts a dense infrastructure of tannins. This is monolithic now, but I looks like the sheer concentration of fruit will stand up to its structure in the long run. Best from 2013 through 2035.

B. Sanderson, April 2011
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