The 2019 Barolo Ravera is beautiful with floral and spice perfume and offers a Burgundian aesthetic with notes of apricot and wet stone. It is medium-bodied highly refined and pure with complexity that continues to evolve in the glass revealing notes of rhubarb apricot wild raspberry and dusty earth. A beautiful and expressive wine with a lot of grace it is going to drink well at a lot of stages so don't worry about whether to drink it soon or forget about it in the cellar over the next two decades. Elvio Cogno founded his eponymous estate in 1991 after working for 30 years in partnership with Marcarini with the labels of Cogno-Marcarini. Originally from Novello he had an opportunity to purchase the winery farmhouse Cascina Nuova located in the commune of Novello in the heart of the Ravera Cru (MGA). That same year he put Ravera on the map by producing the first-ever bottling of Barolo labeled as Ravera. They currently operate and own 16 hectares of vines 11 of which are within the Cru of Ravera and the remaining 5 hectares are parcels around the Novello Comune. Today the estate is run by Elvio?s son-in-law Valter Fissore and his daughter Nadia who took over in 1996. In the vineyards they continue to push forward working to improve vineyard health and implement organic farming practices while adapting to the region's changing climate conditions. The total annual production is approximately 120000 bottles. Their key holdings include the pre-phylloxera Barbera sourced from Berri on the western edge of La Morra from 130-year-old vines. They survive because of the sandier soils and the cooler microclimate which sees more wind coming off the river to the west. Less than 2000 bottles are prod
This wine opens a window on one of the best cru sites in the appellation?the Ravera Vineyard on the Novello side where steep hills descend down from a castle perched atop a beautiful panorama. From this vantage point you look up at Novello and the Elvio Cogno winery built midway up the incline. The 2019 Barolo Ravera benefits from this special place and represents a wider net of fruit selected from across the estate vineyard. As a result Ravera often shows extra versatility and depth. The 2019 vintage offers wild berry blackcurrant tart fruit iodine and campfire ash. This is on the darker and more concentrated side of the Barolo spectrum. 15000 bottles were released.
There's a lot going on in this complex red. Loaded with cherry strawberry earth spice and iron flavors this also reveals hints of menthol and tobacco. Harmonious with a long resonant finish that echoes both the fruit and savory notes. Best from 2026 through 2045. ?B.S.
The 2019 Barolo Ravera marries finesse with the energy that is typical of all the wines from this part of the appellation. Tasted next to the 2018 it possesses gorgeous inner sweetness and captivating perfume to match its mid-weight personality. Hard candy blood orange mint iron spice and dried flowers all open in the glass. Here too the tannins are admirably balanced for a young Ravera Barolo.