Elvio Cogno

Piedmont, Italy

Ravera Barolo DOCG – 2017

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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

    • Grape Source: 100% estate vineyards located on the top of the hill; Novello village; Ravera area
    • Cultivation: Vertical trellising, Guyot pruning, 100% organic (not yet certified)
    • Size: 5 hectares (12.35 acres)
    • Vine Age: Planted 1961 and 1970
    • Soil: Limestone and clay, with presence of sand
    • Elevation: 380 meters (1,246 feet) above sea level
    • Exposure: South and southwest
    • Density: 4,000 vines/hectare (1,619 vines/acre)
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2017 Barolo Ravera leaves us really satisfied, offering a nose loaded with crunchy fruit, violet, licorice, tobacco and spicy aromas; it is fresh, energetic and elegant, a sign that the hot vintage has been interpreted in the right way. It is a full bodied wine, with a vibrant texture and an intriguing and appealing complexity. The 2017 vintage will give its best in the coming months, showing a remarkable ability to improve over time.

  • Vinification

    • 100% in stainless steel, temperature-controlled, with automatic pump overs, post-fermentation maceration for 30 days with submerged cap; 100% indigenous yeast.

    • Aging: 24 months in large (25-30hl) Slavonian oak barrels, followed by 6 months in bottle
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Nebbiolo da Barolo, Lampia and Michet (sub-varieties of Nebbiolo)
    • Production (in cases): 2,833 (6/750ml)
    • Cases Imported: 800 (6/750)
    • Alcohol: 14.5%
    • TA: 5.74 g/L
    • p H: 3.5
    • RS: .86 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • 2017 is to be considered a very good vintage. Despite being characterized by hot and dry summer months, water reserves in the soil and September rain saved the vines from being stressed by water shortage. These factors, together with the excellent exposure of our plots and the scrupulous practices adopted in the vineyard during the growing season, allowed the grapes to fully ripen, avoiding to anticipate the harvest date too much. The 2017 wines are incredibly pleasant to drink: they are rich in crunchy red fruit, with an energetic mouthfeel, dominated by freshness and elegant tannins.



  • Elvio Cogno Ravera Barolo DOCG – 2017 – Wine Spectator – 93 Points

    A tightly wound, linear red, this reveals steeped cherry and plum flavors, with shadings of tar, eucalyptus and licorice. The dense matrix of tannins rules the finish, yet this shows nice equilibrium overall.

  • Elvio Cogno Ravera Barolo DOCG – 2017 – Wine Enthusiast – 98 Points

    Made by the estate that put this celebrated cru on the map, and showing an enviable combination of elegance and power, this stunning wine opens with aromas of wild berries, underbrush, dark spice and balsamic notes of cedar and new leather. The tense, savory palate is loaded with youthful energy, showing succulent Marasca cherry, raspberry, cinnamon and star anise framed in tightly knit, refined tannins and surprisingly bright acidity for the vintage. A mineral note suggesting iron adds depth to the close

  • Elvio Cogno Ravera Barolo DOCG – 2017 – Jeb Dunnuck – 97 Points

    The 2017 Barolo Ravera makes a statement with its intense aromas of licorice, kirsch, pipe tobacco, and spice. Revealing a balanced and chiseled structure, the palate conveys dried raspberry, blood orange, and dried herbs. A great wine from the 2017 vintage, it feels like it will hold up to the test of time.

  • Elvio Cogno Ravera Barolo DOCG – 2017 – James Suckling – 94 Points

    Cherry and candied strawberry with flowers and some dried earth. Full-bodied, layered and chewy. Lots of wet earth and mushroom to the red fruit.