Elvio Cogno

Piedmont, Italy

Ravera Barolo DOCG — 2018

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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

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Nebbiolo da Barolo, Lampia and Michet (sub-varieties of Nebbiolo)

      Sources: 100% estate vineyards located on the top of the hill; Novello village; Ravera area

      Area: 5 hectares (12.35 acres)

      Exposure: South and southwest

      Altitude: 380 meters (1,246 feet) above sea level

      Soil Composition: Limestone and clay, with presence of sand

      Vine Age: Planted 1961 and 1970

      Vine Density: 4,000 vines/hectare (1,619 vines/acre)

      Cultivation: Vertical trellising, Guyot pruning, 100% organic (not yet certified)

      Harvest Dates: October

  • Vintage Report

    • Contrary of the 2017 vintage, the 2018 was particularly rainy, especially during the first part of the growing season. The summer months were characterized by temperatures on average and the days before the harvest showed an excellent temperature range between day and night. These climatic conditions allowed us to produce elegant wines, with charming aromas and balanced taste, due to the soft touch of the tannic structure.

  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: 100% in stainless steel, temperature-controlled, with automatic pump overs, postfermentation 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

    • Alcohol: 14.5%
    • TA: 5.90 g/L
    • RS: .52 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • From Nebbiolo vines which reach 60 years of age, this Barolo Ravera captures the essence of the Ravera MGA of which it bears the name. The color is a bright garnet, which immediately refers to the grape variety. The nose, sweet and intense, is characterized by tasty notes of blackberry, ripe strawberry and cherry surrounded by floral, spicy, especially white pepper, and officinal herbs scents. The attack in the mouth is savory, a typical characteristic which is due to the vineyard of origin. Fresh and tasty on the palate, it is charming and satisfying thanks to silky tannins and depth of flavor, giving pleasant spicy hints which gradually leave room for a long fruity finish.



  • Ravera Barolo DOCG — 2018 – Wine & Spirits – 95 Points

    “The 2018 vintage shows an early exuberance in its red-cherry and raspberry flavors heightened by scents of rose petals and balsamic herbs. The tannins, while taut, are a bit softer and rounder in this vintage.” 

  • Ravera Barolo DOCG — 2018 – Wine Enthusiast – 97 Points, Cellar Selection

    "This beautiful, luminously hued Barolo opens with enticing scents of perfumed berry, dark spice, eucalyptus, violet and forest floor. The savory palate combines elegance and structure, delivering juicy red cherry, raspberry compote, star anise and wild mint framed in taut, refined tannins that give it a smooth but firm texture. Bright acidity keeps energized."

  • Ravera Barolo DOCG — 2018 – Wine Spectator – 94 Points

    “This is alluring for the strawberry, cherry and currant flavors, with details of iron, tar and tobacco. Starts out silky in texture, then the structure sneaks up on you as this red builds to a long finish.” 

  • Ravera Barolo DOCG — 2018 – Wine Advocate – 94 Points

    “The Elvio Cogno 2018 Barolo Ravera is becoming one of the most important wines in Novello, and it performs very nicely in this more challenging vintage. The wine shows small-berry detailing with rust and crushed stone at the back. There is a point of bitterness that accompanies the tannins of this full-bodied wine.”