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Massimo Benevelli, son of this Barolo estate’s founder, Piero, started working the vines when he was fourteen, as early in life he knew his calling. His parcel of the Ravera cru has been in the family for six generations. We’ve found that history like that often leads to great wine, and over the past few years, Massimo has delivered. His 2012 Barolo is right in line with the Benevelli style: smoky fruit, hints of herbs and forest floor, and firm structure make this a Barolo apt for a few years in the cellar. Decant for an hour or so if you can’t keep your hands off.
—Clark Z. Terry
|Vineyard:||Planted in 1960, 2 ha|
|Soil:||Grey and white marl|
|Aging:||Aged in second-passage barriques for one year, then in 10-year-old oak botti (40 hL, 20 hL, and 15 hL) for 15 months, aged 8-10 months in bottle before release|
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