2019 Barolo Ravera 96VM
96 pts Vinous
The 2019 Barolo Ravera is redolent of red fruit, mint, chalk, white pepper and orange peel. A Barolo of tension and energy, the 2019 is intensely bright and saline to the core. I would not dream of touching a bottle anytime soon. This is an especially taut style, even for Vajra.
Ravera is the most important single vineyard in Comune di Novello, located on the south-west quadrant of the Barolo area. This site has a very complex subsoil where marls of Tortonian origin mix with clays and sandstones of the Serravallian period. Vajra's parcels are located in the most southern amphitheater, between 320 and 340 meters. This is a terroir that delivers bright aromatics and unrestrained power with 2015 adding beautiful textures and richness. Ravera is usually picked right at the middle of the Nebbiolo harvest, usually in the second or third week of October. Grapes are sorted manually three times: directly on the vine, as whole clusters on the sorting tables, and lastly as single berries after destemming. Vinification is made in custom-designed vertical tini, with gentle punch down and rinsing of the cap. Barolo DOCG Ravera is aged for average of 26-34 months in large Slavonian casks prior to bottling.