Robert Parker 97
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. Some 15,000 bottles are hitting the market now.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2045
Kerin O’Keefe 99
This stuns with an intense fragrance of violet rose, perfumed berry, eucalyptus and new leather. Focused, firm and showing great finesse, the delicious palate delivers ripe Morello cherry, raspberry compote, licorice and crushed mint alongside tightly woven, extremely refined tannins. It’s beautifully balanced, with bright acidity. Still young and tense, it boasts incredible energy and will age for decades. Abv: 14.5%
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2056