2013 Azienda Agricola Elvio Cogno Barolo Riserva Vigna Elena$89.99
We were super excited to score some cases of this beautiful classic Barolo. The Cogno family has been wine-makers in Piedmont for four generations. Elvio Cogno was the wine-maker at Marcarini till the 1990 vintage when he purchased an 18th-century farmhouse on the top of Bricco Ravera. With the purchase came 11 hectares of steeply sloped vineyards. Elvio restored the farmhouse, and converted the old granaries to wine cellars, and made the wines here for the first 20 years using the traditional wine-making techniques handed down by his father, and grandfather. Elvio has now turned the reins over to his daughter, and son in law who have worked by his side the last 25+ years. Nadia, and Valter work meticulously in their vineyards using only organic farming practices, limited yields, and comprising nothing to get the finest grapes possible. The Barolo Riserva Vigna Elena comes from the best vines at about mid slope on the Ravera hill. The vines are about 25 years old, and are at an attitude of approximately 1,250 meters. They use traditional wine-making techniques employing indigenous yeasts, and age the wines in large older Slavonian oak barrels for three years. They then age the wines in bottle for another 24 months before they release it. While most producers have already released their 2015’s Cogno is just releasing this 2013. The Cogno wines are world class showing the greatest potential that the Nebbiolo grape can achieve, and a must buy for the Baroli lover!
Antonio Galloni 96+ pts! The 2013 Barolo Riserva Vigna Elena shows all of the classic austerity that is such a signature of the year. Bright red cherry, pomegranate, mint, chalk and blood orange fill out the wine's frame effortlessly. Readers will have to give the 2013 a number of years to soften, but it is seriously impressive today. (Drink between 2023-2043)