"Benevelli’s 2016 Barolo Ravera di Monforte is gracious, exquisitely perfumed and totally beguiling from the very first taste. Crushed flowers, mint, white pepper, blood orange and bright red berry fruit all lift from the glass as this weightless, classically austere Barolo shows off its personality. Bright acids and prominent tannins give the 2016 a good deal of bite and nervy energy vis-à-vis the other Barolos in the range. I wouldn’t feel in any rush here. Aging for the Ravera is ten months in 500-liter tonneaux (with about 10% new wood) followed by 13 months in 35HL cask." 95pts Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com
Aged in second passage barrique for one year, and then ten year old large format botti for 15 months, which appeases the traditionalist in me, with the latter pretty much taking away the influence of the former. Vines planted in 1960. Importer: Mondo Imports
Red fruits, liquorice, chai, toasted almonds. Full-bodied, cherry and red fruits, firm tannin offering a wide-grained grip, again cherry and almond with some dried herb and tobacco in the mix. It has freshness, vigour and plenty of length. No shortage of impact, and plenty in the tank for a long life in the cellar. 94pts GARY WALSH, www.winefront.com.au
Aromas of blue flower, camphor and pipe tobacco emerge from the glass. The full-bodied palate offers dried black cherry, clove and licorice alongside youthfully austere tannins. Drink 2025–2033. 91pts KERIN O'KEEFE
No shortage of impact, and plenty in the tank for a long life in the cellar. 94pts GARY WALSH, www.w..
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