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2015 Barbera d'Alba “Bricco Ravera”

Piero Benevelli

2015 Barbera d'Alba “Bricco Ravera” Piero Benevelli - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Typically in Piemonte, the top sites are reserved for Nebbiolo, but in Massimo Benevelli’s vineyard, Barbera enjoys a privileged position alongside his prized Nebbiolo rows in the upper portion of the south-facing Ravera cru. Massimo describes the 2015 as “a great year, rich and full, well-structured but at the same time soft and velvety.” In other words, just the balance we look for in fine Piemonte reds! It gets along nicely with red sauces and pretty  much any meat; don’t forget to stash away a few bottles for a very pleasant surprise five or so years from now. –Anthony Lynch
$24.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Barbera
Appellation: Barbera d’Alba
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Producer: Piero Benevelli
Winemaker: Massimo Benevelli
Vineyard: 25 years, 1.5 ha
Soil: Grey marl and bluish limestone
Aging: Ages 6 months in old barrels, then 6 more months in large Slovenian oak barrels
Farming: Traditional
Alcohol: 14.5%

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About Piedmont

Kermit’s love affair with the great reds of Piemonte dates back to the early days of his career: the very first container he imported from Italy, in fact, featured legendary 1971 and 1974 Barolos from Vietti and Aldo Conterno. Regular visits since then have seen our portfolio grow to now nine Piemontesi estates, with a strong focus on the rolling hills of the Langhe.

Nebbiolo rules these majestic, vine-covered marl slopes, giving Italy’s most mystifyingly complex, nuanced, and age-worthy reds. When crafted via traditional production methods—long macerations and extensive aging in enormous oak botti—the powerful, yet incredibly refined Barolos and Barbarescos provide haunting aromatics of tar, raspberry, incense, tea, roses, and more. At times austere in their youth but well worth the wait, they pair beautifully with the hearty local cuisine starring veal in many forms, braised beef, pastas like tajarin and agnolotti, and of course, Alba’s famous white truffles.

Surrounded by mountains on three sides, Piemonte’s climate is continental, with baking hot summers and cold winters. Nebbiolo is only part of the story here: juicy, fruity Barberas and Dolcettos represent the bread and butter throughout the region, and other native grapes like Freisa, Croatina, and the white Arneis are also noteworthy. Value abounds in the Monferrato, while Alto Piemonte also has its share of thrills to provide.

Every corner of Piemonte is rich with tradition, especially when wine is concerned. It’s no wonder we have been singing the region’s praises for over forty years.

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