2015 Vietti Barolo Ravera Novello
What an incredible stable of single-vineyard Barolos the Currados produced in 2015! As a group, they are rich, powerful, incredibly fragrant- Vietti through and through. Elena and Luca are always circumspect about their favorites in any given harvest (Elena says ‘it’s like asking which child I love the most!’), but I have been a particular fan over the past few vintages of their Lazzarito and that holds true in 2015 as well. There seems to be something particularly energetic and terroir-driven about the recent vintages of this wine that I really love.
Even though it’s an archetypal Serralunga wine, there’s something elemental and elegant about it. Of this group, it seem less a crime to drink it young, but it will certainly be as long-lived as any wine they make. Ravera and Rocche are close seconds, though, with the former the more aromatic and immediately enticing of the two, while the Rocche, for all its texture and obvious volume, is a longer-term proposition. It’s always a complete Barolo. The Brunate, as always, is a massive wine, packed with ferrous-y muscle that will require much patience to resolve and to see the wine at its best. And while I am very sorry to see these passing the $200 per bottle threshold, in the greater scheme of the world’s greatest wines, they still seem like relative values.