Ravera di Monforte has an isolated feel to it - the position is definitely in a wilder spot than most Barolo vineyards, with a lot of woods around, and an air of peace that's unusual in an intensely farmed place. The hillside is very steep; there is a stream hidden in the woods at the bottom of the hill, and I imagine that in hot weather it's cooler there. Principiano's vines are left completely untreated, with flowers and grass allowed to grow without cutting; it's an Edenic spot. The 2015 is a very elegant wine, beautifully restrained, with a light body, but plenty of intensity. Lifted and citrusy, I think this has a tremendous future. Jamie Wolff
To echo Jamie, Ravera di Monforte is one of the most soulful vineyards in Barolo that I have had the pleasure of visiting. There is a quiet about it, broken only by the soft humming of bees that buzz around the 100 year-old rosemary bush that marks the entrance to Ferdinand Principiano's vines. Though I might be guilty of slight hyperbole (my emotions sometimes get the better of me - and Ravera is an emotional place) the wine from this vineyard is quite exceptional as well. More perfumed than the Serralunga, with dark floral tones of dried violet, with deeper and darker fruit; macerated cherry, black cherry, deep raspberry and red plum. Beautiful energy on the palate, with vibrant acidity and a long finish. One of the wines I've been most eagerly awaiting to arrive stateside after tasting in Piedmont in April. Only 3,000 bottles per vintage. Oskar Kostecki
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