Sordo Barolo Ravera D.O.C.G.
Exposure: South, South-East
Altitude (masl): 420-450 m
Soil: loose and rich mineral, it is composed of whitish marl deposited on more compact layers of brownish-grey marl
Age of the vineyard: 20 years
Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 30°C with long submerged cap maceration from 4 to 7 weeks. depending on the vintage. Natural malolactic fermentation at 20°C. Storage in stainless steel tanks for 2-4 months.
Maturation: 24 months in big Slavonian oak barrels.
Ageing: 4-6 months in stainless steel tanks and a minimum 6 months in the bottle.
Red fruits, almond, dried flowers and earth. It’s supple and almost slinky, ample red fruit and blood orange, but new leather and stony things in the mix, tannin is silty and powdery, really coats the mouth in a charming way, finish offers dried herbs, tang and tea perfume, powdery tannin trailing. Just lovely.
94+ points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, October 2019.
"Typical earthy, iron-filings nebbiolo aromas, ""rusty bucket"", and quite complex. Typical Barolo. A slightly chunky shape. Ample tannins, firm and gently gripping, but balanced and very pleasing. Good fruit sweetness in the centre. (From Novello)"
95 points, The Real Review (June 2019)
"Super fresh, vibrant and fragrant nose with roses and herbs, as well as lighter red cherries. The palate has a deliciously zesty, taut texture with fine, tight tannins holding a long, powerful yet elegant finish."
94 points, jamessuckling.com (June 2019)
"A mellow version, with a supple texture forming the backdrop for macerated cherry, strawberry, leather, tobacco and camphor notes. Balanced, offering a solid structure and fine length."
93 points, Wine Spectator (2019)
The Azienda Agricola Giovanni Sordo is to be found in the heart of the well-known Barolo region, in the municipality of Castiglione Falletto – just a few kilometres away from Alba, in the province of Cuneo. It’s a family-run winery, now in the capable hands of Giorgio – Giovanni’s son – the third generation of a family who has been tending and producing wines for more than a century. The estate was founded in 1912 by the great-father Giuseppe, but the real turn overcame with his son Giovanni who – together with his wife Maria, the real witness of the family’s story – bought several vineyards of Nebbiolo for Barolo - the Sorì in Piedmontese language – among the best in the Barolo wine district. The soil of these vineyards – a compact calcareous marl – is rich in micronutrients which – together with the unique microclimate of the Langhe region – creates a perfect environment for the growing of Nebbiolo grape. It is a vigorous and difficult grape which can give amazing wines with powerful aromas and great ageing potential.
Today the Sordo family owns 53 hectares, spread out in the municipalities of Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d’Alba, Monforte d’Alba, Barolo, Novello, La Morra, Verduno, Grinzane Cavour and Vezza d’Alba.
Sordo is unique: it is the only existing winery which can boast 8 different kinds of Barolo – the crus – whose vineyards are located in the areas of 5 different municipalities in the Barolo wine district.