Barolo – Ravera
100% Nebbiolo from a 30ha single vineyard of 30 year old vines planted in Ravera, a “cru” in Novello where Broccardo owns 0.5ha. The vineyards face south, south-east, and are planted on Tortonian soil – compact calcerous marl soil mixed with sand. The grapes are hand-harvested middle to late October. Fermentation is carried at 82F (28°C) in stainless steel tanks, with a maceration averaging 28 days. Malolactic fermentation takes place in November. The wine is then aged an average of 24 months in new to 10 year old 35hl to 60hl botti (Slavonian and French oak), and rests a minimum of 10 months in bottle before release. Aromas of rose, tobacco and vanilla. Polished tannins, rich but fresh on the palate, with pure notes of red fruits. Can age up to 20 years. 14.5% alcohol.
About the Producer
The Broccardo estate has been in the family since 1900 and is currently in the hands of the third generation, Federica (who works in the cellar and in the vineyards), Filippo (the winemaker) and Laura, who is the de facto export manager. With great respect for the land, they work together to cultivate the vineyards in a sustainable fashion and they carry the vinification in the same spirit, with minimal intervention. They aim to produce wines that speak for the terroir they come from.
Their vineyards are located in three renowned comuni of the Langhe, Monforte d’Alba, Barolo and Novello, suited to the production of Barolo DOCG, Langhe DOC Nebbiolo, Barbera d’Alba DOC, Dolcetto d’Alba DOC and Langhe DOC Rosato. The vineyards comprise 13 hectares that face south and southwest. The soil composition there is characterized by clay, tuff, sand, and silt left by the withdrawal of the Padano Sea about 16 million years ago. The alternation of these layers gives their wines finesse, structure and elegance. The wine cellar is located in Monforte d’Alba, which became a UNESCO world heritage site in 2014. Total production is 100,000 bottles.