Ben says

★★★ Outstanding Wine “Every so often you come across truly outstanding wine and want to grab the nearest person to you and share the experience. This wine is one of them. Poised and pure on the nose with fresh summer berry aromas and hints of vanilla pod and gentle cedar. The wine envelopes the tongue, balanced by a bite of acidity, and followed with a long but light finish. It’s like ballet. Just wow!”

Guerrieri Rizzardi '3 Cru' Amarone della Valpolicella Red Wine


Varietal Pinot Noir with 12.5% abv. Extended hanging time with a later harvest, allowing more time for the skins to fully ripen. Hand-harvested and small batch fermented with punching down by hand, extracting flavour and colour. Malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels with further ageing for 12 months before bottling and release. Only 900 bottles produced.

Grown in: Crouch Valley, Essex, ENGLAND.

Food Pairing

This kind of wine deserves something special. Try with sautéed morels in cream sauce, butterflied lamb, or the finest cheese and ribboned, thin cut bresaola.

Disclosure & Price

Tasted at the WineGB trade tasting. Find in the UK for ~£38-£40. Currently available for pre-order directly from the vineyard.

Reviewed and tasted: 05/09/2023

Ben Franks Wine Tasting Note Producer Profile

About the Producer

Riverview Crouch Valley was set up by husband and wife team Umut and Katie Yesil in 2017, working with the viticulturist Duncan McNeil and Lyme Bay Winery’s winemaker Sarah Massey. The Yesils set up the vineyard after running a successful PR company, settling on a prime location in the Crouch Valley in Essex. The 2021 is their second vintage under their own label brand, having previously sold their grapes to Lyme Bay.