Estate: Massimo Benevelli worked in the vineyards alongside his father Piero since the age of 14. With vineyards in Barolo, Dolcetto d’Alba and Langhe Nebbiolo, the tiny estate currently produces only around 4000 cases of wine each year. Massimo’s Barolo are known for their “consistency, character, soul, and originality”.
Philosophy: “To make great wine, you must first have great grapes.”
Winemaking: The 2 hectare vineyard is part of the nearly 37 hectare Ravera di Monforte MGA [cru] in the southeastern part of Barolo. Southeastern facing vines were planted in 1960, soil is grey and white marl. Hand harvested, aged in 2nd use barriques for 1 year, followed by 15 months in 10 year old oak botti (40 hL, 20 hL, and 15 hL), then 8-10 months in bottle before release.
Tasting Notes: A cinnamon patina over cherry, black cherry and tarry earth, with firm tannins and good acidity. Earthy minerality and wisps of campfire smoke dapple the super spicy finish. Simple and comfortable.
Ravera di Monforte
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agricola Benevelli Piero
€40 [Restaurant purchase in Italy]