Elvio Cogno

Piedmont, Italy

Ravera Barolo DOCG – 2010

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  • Introduction

    • Ravera is the name of the cru where the vineyard is located. This vineyard encircles the cellar, it is essentially the hillside vineyard surrounding the farm — the great, classic cru of Novello.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • 100% estate vineyards. From this vineyard we produce Barolo Ravera, Barolo Cascina Nuova, Barolo Bricco Pernice and Barolo Vigna Elena Riserva.

    • Cultivation: 100% organic (not yet certified)
    • Size: 5 hectares (12.35 acres)
    • Vine Age: 50-70 years
    • Soil: Limestone and clay, with presence of sand
    • Elevation: 380 meters (1,246 feet)
    • Exposure: South and southeast
    • Density: 4,000 vines/hectare (1,619 vines/acre)
    • Training: Vertical trellising, Guyot pruning
  • Vintage Report

    • Winter was very snowy, followed by heavy rains in February and March. Hot and dry weather from April to June continued during a hot summer, but not excessively so, particularly at the end of August, when many storms kept the temperature below average. After the rains in early September, the harvest took place in warm, dry weather.

    • Harvest Date(s): October 7-10
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: 100% in stainless steel, temperature-controlled, with automatic pump-overs, post-fermentation maceration for 30 days with submerged cap; skin contact for 40-45 days with fermentation and afterwards, with post-fermentation maceration submerged cap; 100% with indigenous yeast
    • Malolactic: 100% in steel fermenters
    • Barrel Fermentation: 2 years in large, used Slavonian oak
    • Filtration: None
    • Bottle Aging: 1 year
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Nebbiolo (specfically Lampia and Michet, sub-varieties of Nebbiolo)
    • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Brilliant garnet-red in color with orange highlights. Firm, elegant and potent on the nose, it has scents of Eurasian wild rose (Rosa canina), mint and tobacco, scents which meld in the course of time into spice, coffee, liquorice, truffle, leather and minerals. A full-bodied, rounded bouquet of great structure and balance, redolent of plum jam and withered brambles. The persistent chocolaty finish is harmonious and enticing. Over the years, it gradually refines its characteristics to achieve classic elegance and composure.
      Serving Suggestions: At 19 C (66 F) with braised meats, stewed game, roasts and mature cheeses such as pecorino and Parmigiano Reggiano
      Aging Potential: 30+ years



  • Ravera Barolo DOCG – 2010 – 94 points – Wine Spectator

    "The cherry and raspberry flavors mingle with earth, licorice, and tar notes. This red cuts a broad swath, presenting a dense texture and muscular tannins, finishing fresh and delineated, with accents of leather and black tea."

  • Ravera Barolo DOCG – 2010

    There are aromas of wild rose, mint, tobacco, spice, coffee, licorice, truffle, leather and minerals. This full-bodied wine has great structure and balance and is redolent of plum jam and brambles. The chocolaty finish is harmonious and enticing.

  • Ravera Barolo DOCG – 2010 – 93 points – jamessuckling.com

    "This is really aromatic, with fresh strawberries and flowers. Full body with ultra-fine tannins and a prolonged finish. It is so deep and thoughtful on the palate. Gorgeous."

  • Ravera Barolo DOCG – 2010 – 92 points – Decanter

    "Suave and sweet, with truffley underbrush and ripe red cherry characters."