Vietti Barolo "Ravera" DOCG 2018
(Piedmont, Italy) - [WA 95] [VM 95] [JS 93]
Regular price $250.00 Sale price $224.97 Save $25.03
About the Winery:
Located in the heart of the Langhe hills, at the top of the village of Castiglione Falletto, the Vietti wine cellar was founded in the late 1800s by Carlo Vietti. Alfredo Currado married Luciana Vietti and is largely responsible for the resurrection of the Arneis grape. Today the estate is led by Luca Currado Vietti and his wife Elena.
In 2016 the historic winery was acquired by Krause Holdings, enabling Luca and Elena Currado, the fourth generation in charge of the Vietti brand, to add a number of prized crus to the estate’s holdings, all while maintaining the family approach for which the cellar has always been known.Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo
The grapes are selected from the single vineyard Ravera in Novello, planted with roughly 4,500 units per hectare. The vines have an average age of 28 years with the oldest part planted in 1935. The roughly 3-hectare vineyard is a wonderful hill with a south-western exposure and a clay-limestone soil. The grapes are gently crushed and fermented for about 4-5 weeks in stainless steel tanks with skin contact. This time includes the pre- and post- fermentative maceration using the traditional submerged cap method. Slow malolactic fermentation in large casks until late spring. The wine spends over a year on its fine lees without racking.
About the wine:
Intense garnet red colour. A rather austere nose in the beginning, paired with complex floral and fruity notes that open in the glass after a little while. Hints of red fruit, mineral and spicy nuances. Quite intense on the palate, with ripe red fruit sensations. Firm, compact tannins make this a very classic wine. Vibrant, vertical acidity. Extremely elegant and refined. Long lasting aftertaste.
Aging: 32 months in large oak casks.
Ratings & Reviews
95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate::
"Vietti is one of a handful of estates to bring the Ravera MGA of Novello to the current popularity it enjoys now. Their 2018 Barolo Ravera has a smoky personality with crushed stone and pencil shavings. There is plenty of dark fruit at the back, ripe cherry and blackberry mostly, and the wine is tonic and firm in terms of its structure and tannins. The Ravera is a wine of enormous length and a finely tuned texture. Exactly 7,560 bottles were made." - June, 2022, Monica Larner
95+ Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2018 Barolo Ravera is a wine of real depth and vertical structure. As always, the Ravera is a taut, nervy Barolo built on energy more than volume. Readers will have to be patient, as the Ravera is likely to require a number of years to be at its most expressive. Even in the early going, it is vibrant and full of life. Rose petal, chalk, blood orange and white pepper lend striking exotic top notes that are quite suggestive of what the future is going to bring. What a gorgeous Barolo this is." - February, 2022, Antonio Galloni
93 Points - James Suckling:
"Lighter structure this year, but it’s intense, with focused red-cherry and raspberry character and spicy and mineral nuances. Medium-bodied with firm tannins and a very tight finish. This is super-compact and needs time to expand. Try from 2024." - February, 2022, James Suckling