Arnaldo Rivera Barolo Ravera

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Arnaldo Rivera is the flagship range of wines from Terre del Barolo. This Barolo comes from the Ravera Cru, a top site in Novello, sourced from six parcels at a high elevation of around 1300 feet. The nose is intensely smoky, with raspberry and strawberry aromas. The calcareous white soils produce beautiful fruit aromatics, whilst the due-south sun-facing aspect add considerable depth to the fruit and ripeness to the firm tannins. Directness of fruit is also brought forward by a degree less oak than their other Cru wines, with some smaller format wood -- but none of it new. It's sleek and stylish, a lifted wine that's taut and spicy with fine-grained tannins. There's tension and persistence here, with a long and elegant finish. A long and profound Barolo to approach now or cellar a good while, the Ravera is a classic.
96 James Suckling - A more savory, slightly tarry, coal-smoke nose. Overall, a handsomely ripe Barolo that has a wealth of darker fruit aromas and flavors with a firm but stylishly balanced palate. Long, rich cherries abound and there’s an enduring sense of balance here. Impressive power and focus. Try from 2022.
92 Wine Spectator - This red shows a wild side, from thyme and earthy sage notes to juniper and tobacco hints. Savory and dense, with beefy, astringent tannins on the finish that will need time to tame. Best from 2023 through 2035.
90 Wine Enthusiast - This opens with aromas of dark berry, dried herbs and tobacco. The full-bodied palate delivers blackberry jam, clove and espresso alongside taut but fine-grained tannins. Drink after 2022–2030.
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