Elvio Cogno Ravera Barolo 2016
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The Elvio Cogno Barolo Ravera is one helluva Barolo from one helluva vineyard. Hold onto it for a little while longer and then dive in. Decant it for a minimum of 1 1/2-2 hours and offer your first glasses with eggplant parmesan bites. Truffles and wild mushrooms are made for this beautiful Barolo, so an excellent choice for a primi or entree is risotto ai funghi porcini (porcini risotto). If you're craving the meat, go with short ribs braised with wild mushrooms. For fancy, a classic duck a l'orange, or goose if you want the darker earthier flavors. Bring the meal to a close with a full glass and an Italian Boschetto al tartufo cheese. You will not regret it.
Wine Enthusiast: Designated Cellar Selection. "From the estate that proved the extraordinary quality of the Ravera subzone, this compelling wine opens with heady scents of rose, iris, perfumed berry, new leather and camphor. Focused and full bodied, the precise palate is delicious and firmly structured, featuring ripe red cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice and tobacco framed in tightly knit fine-grained tannins. Fresh acidity keeps it beautifully balanced and lends youthful tension. Drink 2024–2056." Sep 2020 (Advance)
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "Of the many great contributions made by the winemaking team at Elvio Cogno, perhaps the greatest is the importance they brought to the Ravera cru of Novello. Little-known before their efforts, this vineyard has risen in high regard in recent years and continues to show impressive potential. The 2016 Barolo Ravera offers an important education in why this site deserves the spotlight. The wine shows terrific balance and depth, with rich fruit aromas framed by smoke, tar, ferrous earth and tangy licorice. The tannins are softly contoured, and the wine moves over the palate with profound length. Interestingly, two Nebbiolo clones, Lampia and Michet, are blended to make this wine. Drink 2023-2045." Jul 2020
Winery: "Brilliant garnet-red in color with orange highlights. Firm, elegant and potent on the nose, it has scents of dog rose, mint and tobacco, scents which meld in the course of time into spices, coffee, licorice, truffle, leather and minerals. A full-bodied, rounded bouquet of great structure and balance, redolent of plum jam and withered brambles. The persistent chocolaty aftertaste is harmonious and enticing. Over the years it gradually refines its characteristics to achieve classic elegance and composure.
Goes well with braised meats, stewed game, roasts, and mature cheeses such as pecorino and Parmigiano Reggiano."
|Aging||24 months in large (25-30hl) Slavonian oak barrels, 6 months further refining in bottle|
|Region||Barolo, Piedmont, Italy|
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