Reviews 96 points Wine Advocate "The Ovello is quite sharp and defined in terms of its aromas of wild cherry, dried violet and powdered licorice. Those mineral tones are very clear in this classic vintage. However, the Ovello finishes on a slightly softer note (compared to the Paje) with a finer and more approachable tannin. (ML)" 97 points Vinous "The 2016 Barbaresco Riserva Ovello is the most severe and angular of these wines. It will appeal most to die-hard classicists. Chalk, white pepper, mint and sweet red cherry fruit all grace this chiseled, beautifully translucent Barbaresco. As always, the Ovello needs a number of years in bottle to reveal its charms, which in 2016 are many. It is a positively stellar wine in every way. (AG)" 93 points John Gilman "The bouquet is deep, pure and shows a lovely touch of early sappiness in its constellation of red and black cherries, licorice, gamebird, violets, a superb base of soil tones, woodsmoke and a lovely, pungent topnote of fresh oregano (like your fingers smell when you harvest some from your garden right before dinner). On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very precise and transparent in personality, with a superb core of fruit, ripe, buried tannins, tangy acids and impeccable focus and grip on the long and nascently complex finish. (JG)"