Mission Codename When I grow up
Little known fact: If you love Pinot Noir, you also love Nebbiolo.
Even if you do not know that yet…
Both have a similar intellectual sensibility, beautiful aromatics, great transparency, uplifting acidity, and a balance of power and grace that’s difficult to find anywhere else.
This Langhe Nebbiolo, aka “Baby Barolo”, is a perfect example. Seriously affordable, especially with our 44% off, and bringing 91 points, it offers more affordable and near term instant gratification than it’s big brother. Truthfully, it’s almost unfair to omit the Barolo classification on this bottle. It has all the pedigree of a true Barolo. It’s as pedigreed as they come, and after all, it hails from the much loved Ravera cru (here’s a great read on this legendary vineyard)!! The ONLY thing holding this back from being labeled a Barolo is the age of the vines. A few years older, and it would carry the Barolo name, along with a soaring price tag up to $250. Landing a serious Nebbiolo in Piedmont THIS affordable is near impossible, in fact.
Mildest bricking on the wide rim concentrates to a deep garnet. The nose is classic all the way with tar and roses, a freshly laid asphalt minerality joined by a freshly assembled garland from the garden. Add a hint of freshly cracked Tellicherry peppercorns, freshly picked basket of wild cherries, and freshly sliced salami di Parma to round it all out. The finish lasts on and on with refined yet mighty tannins, sweet baking spices, and savory herbs.
We’ll leave the best pairing ideas to Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, “Pecchenino makes top-shelf expressions of Nebbiolo and some of the most food-friendly wines in Italy today, I have enjoyed pairing their wines with slices of sharp pecorino cheese, pizza topped with spicy chorizo and grilled sausage packed with fennel seed.”
Antonio Galloni writes “readers looking for a Barolo or Barbaresco substitute will find it here.” Indeed, this is a must have for anyone looking for something to enjoy while their Barolo and Barbaresco come around. Last year we featured our first Pecchenino, a ‘13 Cru Barolo nonetheless, also a great bargain. And it sold out fast, even at twice the price of this. This beautiful discovery won’t last…
91 Points – James Suckling
“Shows plenty of nutmeg and cedar on the nose, as well as dried strawberries and spices. Medium body, firm and chewy tannins and a grainy finish. Drink in 2020.”
90 Points – Antonio Galloni’s Vinous
“The 2015 Langhe Nebbiolo Bricco Ravera is a decidedly potent, virile wine. Succulent red cherry, smoke, leather, cedar and tobacco all burst from this energetic Langhe Nebbiolo. The 2015 is perhaps a touch rustic, but it has a ton of personality. Readers looking for a Barolo or Barbaresco substitute will find it here. Drink 2018-2025.”
What the Winery Says
2015 Bricco Ravera Langhe Nebbiolo DOC
- Orlando Pecchenino
- 100% Nebbiolo
- Langhe DOC
- Bricco Ravera
- Calcareous and marl
- 420 meters
- Planting density
- 5,500 vines / acre
- Average vine age
- 12 years
- 5.6 g/L
- Dry extract
- 30 g/L
- 36 months
- Neutral large Slavonian oak casks