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Over many years, certain vineyard sites in Barolo country have consistently stood out for their ability to produce superior wines. While soils in the Langhe hills are fairly consistent, with variations of marl, the crucial determinant here is exposure, as proper ripening depends on abundant sunshine during the growing season. The steep Ravera cru of Monforte d’Alba faces south and southeast, ideal for capturing maximum rays throughout the day. From an early age Massimo Benevelli helped his father, Piero, farm these vineyards, and he has now fully taken the reins of the family estate. He follows traditional practices, aging the wine in large casks to make deep, powerful Barolos built to age. This 2013 comes from a classic, balanced vintage in which bright acidity and tightly knit tannins provide a firm structure while a floral, spicy, fresh-raspberry perfume seems to soar from the glass.
|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|
When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:
1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.
Inspiring Thirst, page 174