Abrigo Giovanni Barolo Ravera 2015
Pair with very tasty main courses featuring boiled, braised and roast meats, game and mature cheeses. For the most curious tasters interesting is the pairing with dark chocolate.
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Abrigo Giovanni is an authentic family-run winery and have been cultivating the land and promoting the products of the Langhe since 1968. The estate is named after its founder Giovanni Abrigo, who moved to Diano d’Alba from Treiso in 1968, purchasing the Crava farmhouse which now houses their historical cellar, as well as being their home. Giovanni and Maria managed what was then a typical Langa farm: raising Piedmontese cattle for beef and small farmyard animals, cultivating cereal crops, orchards, hazelnut trees and, of course, vineyards for the production of Dolcetto.
Towards the middle of the 1980s, their son Giorgio, having completed his studies in agronomy, became involved in the cultivation of the hazelnut groves and vineyards, which were planted in the areas of the estate with the exposure and most suitable soils. Paola, Giorgio’s wife, began working for the family business too, promoting the commercial development of the wines and the company identity, which, little by little, became what the Abrigo Giovanni Azienda Agricola known today.
The first acknowledgements and satisfactions, essential to their continued belief that they were heading in the right direction, soon arrived. Years of expansion followed: the reorganization of some parcels of land, with purchases and rentals of vineyards, led to the creation of new products, distributed and appreciated not only in Italy but on the export market too. A new semi-underground cellar was built for refining and ageing the wines, with a tasting room on the floor above, to welcome customers and tourists. With the arrival of the new millennium, their children began showing their first signs of interest in the world of agriculture and viticulture.
Giulio and Sergio graduated from the oenology school in Alba in 2013 and 2015 respectively. They share the very same passion that flows through the veins of their grandparents and parents and, as soon as they finished school, they became an active part of the estate’s staff. This gave a new boost and stimulus to Giorgio and Paola who have since invested considerable energy in the management of new vineyards and further expansion of the cellar. In 2013, work began on the cultivation of the vineyard which is in the municipality of Novello and is part of the “Ravera” Additional Geographical Mention “Ravera”. The splendid Nebbiolo vines that grow there are used for the production of the Barolo Ravera, which joins their other important labels.
The construction of the new ageing cellar was completed in 2019, uniting and completing the premises built by the different generations of the family. It is built with eco-sustainable materials to reduce waste and emissions, a new boiler will serve the entire estate and the houses, using the wood resulting from the pruning of the plants, and besides integrating perfectly with the landscape, it focuses on the natural control of humidity and temperature.
The center of the production of the world’s most exclusive and age-worthy red wines made from Nebbiolo, the Barolo region includes five core townships: La Morra, Monforte d’Alba, Serralunga d’Alba, Castiglione Falletto and the Barolo village itself, as well as a few outlying villages. The landscape of Barolo, characterized by prominent and castle-topped hills, is full of history and romance centered on the Nebbiolo grape. Its wines, with the signature “tar and roses” aromas, have a deceptively light garnet color but full presence on the palate and plenty of tannins and acidity. In a well-made Barolo, one can expect to find complexity and good evolution with notes of, for example, strawberry, cherry, plum, leather, truffle, anise, fresh and dried herbs, tobacco and violets.
There are two predominant soil types here, which distinguish Barolo from the lesser surrounding areas. Compact and fertile Tortonian sandy marls define the vineyards farthest west and at higher elevations. Typically the Barolo wines coming from this side, from La Morra and Barolo, can be approachable relatively early on in their evolution and represent the “feminine” side of Barolo, often closer in style to Barbaresco with elegant perfume and fresh fruit.
On the eastern side of the region, Helvetian soils of compressed sandstone and chalks are less fertile, producing wines with intense body, power and structured tannins. This more “masculine” style comes from Monforte d’Alba and Serralunga d’Alba. The township of Castiglione Falletto covers a spine with both soils types.
The best Barolo wines need 10-15 years before they are ready to drink, and can further age for several decades.
Responsible for some of the most elegant and age-worthy wines in the world, Nebbiolo, named for the ubiquitous autumnal fog (called nebbia in Italian), is the star variety of northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Grown throughout the area, as well as in the neighboring Valle d’Aosta and Valtellina, it reaches its highest potential in the Piedmontese villages of Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero. Outside of Italy, growers are still very much in the experimentation stage but some success has been achieved in parts of California. Somm Secret—If you’re new to Nebbiolo, start with a charming, wallet-friendly, early-drinking Langhe Nebbiolo or Nebbiolo d'Alba.