Elvio Cogno

Piedmont, Italy

Ravera Barolo DOCG — 2019

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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

    • In 2019, the weather was normal with a balanced growing season. Spring had enough rain to make up for the lack of winter rain, allowing water to accumulate in the soil. The average temperature in May was low, causing a slight delay in plant growth, but it was consistent with traditional years. Two heat waves occurred in July, but the rest of the summer was mild with sporadic rain. The Nebbiolo grapes for Barolo had good sugar levels and optimal polyphenolic structure during the harvest. The 2019 vintage produced Barolos with good structure, robustness, finesse, and acidity. These Barolos are complex and austere expressions of a traditional vintage, with the right character for long aging.

  • 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: 5.79 g/L
    • RS: .44 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Barolo Ravera is undoubtedly highly representative of the winery’s history. The distinctive features of the Barolo Ravera 2019 are precision, depth, and extreme finesse. On the nose, the bouquet is engaging and overwhelming: the ripe and juicy blackberry is masterfully intertwined with balsamic and fresh notes of eucalyptus and wild mint, spices, dry herbs, and licorice. Perfect balance between body and bright freshness, as well as silky tannins, make this Barolo a wine of great character and elegance, destined for very long aging.



  • Ravera Barolo DOCG — 2019 – Wine Spectator – 95 Points

    “There's a lot going on in this complex red. Loaded with cherry, strawberry, earth, spice and iron flavors, this also reveals hints of menthol and tobacco. Harmonious, with a long, resonant finish that echoes both the fruit and savory notes.”

  • Ravera Barolo DOCG — 2019 – James Suckling – 96 Points

    “Tannins are sheer and long with a steely and muscular nature, yet they are nicely integrated. Full and toned. This is a wine for the cellar yet it already shows pretty floral and blue fruit character.”

  • Ravera Barolo DOCG — 2019 – Wine Advocate – 96 Points

    “The 2019 vintage offers wild berry, blackcurrant, tart fruit, iodine and campfire ash. This is on the darker and more concentrated side of the Barolo spectrum.”

  • Ravera Barolo DOCG — 2019 – Vinous – 93 Points

    “Marries finesse with the energy that is typical of all the wines from this part of the appellation. Tasted next to the 2018, it possesses gorgeous inner sweetness and captivating perfume to match its mid-weight personality. Hard candy, blood orange, mint, iron, spice and dried flowers all open in the glass.”