Wine Front 94+ Points!
Wine Front 94+ Points!
"Earthy, savoury, rolling tannin, minerally feel, has depth and rosy perfume in there. Soil. The quality of tannin is pretty good here, especially considering it’s from 2014. Thick and ripe, even like recalling the wonders of Serralunga (as some parts of Novello often do) with a raspberry freshness. It feels well-etched and clear, and while softer and more approachable this vintage, it’s still pretty robust. And very bloody good"
Gary Walsh, Wine Front, September 2018
"This wine is the expression of a wait lasting more than 10 years, allowing the vines to mature and the wines to gain the right structure. It’s the sunniest, most silent and beautiful amphitheatre of the area. Ravera sits at an average elevation of 360 metres and is situated at the confluence of two different geological matrices. Over millions of years the layers were superimposed, creating a rather fragile soil subject to erosion, but with enormous potential. It is predominantly Sant’Agata fossil marl, interspersed with sand deposits rich in iron.
This undergoes a lengthy period of maceration, perhaps up to 45 days, including a short stint with submerged cap. Malolactic conversion takes place in steel in the spring following the harvest. It is aged for 30 months in 30hL Slavonian oak casks before bottling."
"A stark contrast to the Bricco delle Viole, Vajra's 2014 Barolo Ravera is a tannic, powerful wine. There is quite a bit of power and depth, but the tannins are also rustic. The 2014 is going to need time to settle down. It will be interesting to see if bottle age adds polish."
93 points. Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media February 2018
"Tasted blind. Surprisingly dark ruby for this vintage. Brooding richness on the nose. Plenty of sour cherry on the palate and firm, somewhat drying tannins. This is still very youthful, and unsettled."
17/20 Walter Speller, jancisrobinson.com March 2018
"G D Vajra has a bit of the Ravera vineyard located just above Elvio Cogno. This estate used the fruit to make its Langhe Nebbiolo, but as the vines grew into their prime production years, G D Vajra decided to make a Barolo with the fruit instead, starting in 2010. The plot is only half a hectare in size and the vines range in age from 18 to 45 years old. The soils are rich in minerals and iron. The 2014 Barolo Ravera is indeed a fuller and more structured expression. The bouquet opens to dark fruit, iodine and mineral nuances. Ravera is a low-altitude vineyard from an estate that is specialised in high-altitude Nebbiolo farming."
93 points. Monica Larner, Wine Advocate June 2018