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2016 G.D. Vajra Barolo Ravera

Piedmont, ITALY
$180. 00 Bottle
$2160.00 Dozen
ABV: 14.5%
Closure: Cork

Other Reviews....
The 2016 Barolo Ravera is the most angular, powerful and vertical of the various Baroli presented by G.D. Vajra. The optimal growing conditions of this classic vintage contribute to the wine's vertical lift and pronounced depth. The Ravera cru (that spans the comuni of Novello and Barolo) is characterized by Toronian-era marl with clay and sandstone at 320 to 340 meters above sea level. That's the ideal spot for wines that show both power and elegance. The tannins are sweeter on this wine, but the fiber is tight and firm. Red and purple fruits with licorice, tar and white truffle are folded neatly within. Some 6,000 bottles are hitting the market now.
95 points
Monica Larner - Wine Advocate (July 2020)

The 2016 Barolo Ravera is tough as nails today, but it has striking inner sweetness and remarkable persistence. Even so, readers will have to exercise a great deal of patience, as the 2016 is not likely to offer much in the way of pleasure for a number of years. Bright red cherry, mint, white pepper, blood orange and dried flowers give the 2016 brilliant top notes to match its finely sculpted feel. Veins of acidy and tannin add razor-sharp precision throughout. I can't wait to taste this in another few years' time.
96 points
Antonio Galloni - Vinous

The boldest of the G.D. Vajra crus. The nose has very intense, rich and ripe darker cherries with a savory, sanguine edge. The palate has layer upon layer of rich dark berries and concentrated, quite rich tannins that carry plenty of brambly dark-cherry flavor. So keenly defined, too. Impressive weight. Try from 2024.
96 points
JamesSuckling.com

Ravera is the famed cru of Novello, which has a range of soil types, and aspects, and also pops over the border into Barolo. It’s a tricky place to get your head around, and I’m not even sure after years of trying, that I do. But it’s not for want of trying. The more you learn, the less you know.
Tight, like a tiger. The roar of Ravera is heard in the distance here, but the patient among us will get to tame and stroke the beast. It’s inwardly lit, with rippling firm acidity, red fruits like raspberry and strawberry, alongside some mint, almond and roses. Glides on rails of fine powdery tannin, orange juice and spice, finishes juicy, long and zesty, with a pinch of white pepper. Pent up. Precise. It’s an outstanding wine.
96+ points
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front