Elvio Cogno

Piedmont, Italy

Bricco dei Merli Barbera d’Alba DOC – 2016

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  • Introduction

    • Merli is the name of the hill where this vineyard is located; Bricco (meaning “hill”) indicates that this vineyard is located at the very top of the hill.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: 100% Barbera
    • Grape Source: 100% estate vineyards located on the top of the hill; Novello village; Ravera area
    • Cultivation: Vertical trellising, Guyot pruning, 100% organic (not yet certified)
    • Size: 8.65 acres
    • Vine Age: 1 hectare (2.47 acres) is newly planted; 1 hectare is 20 years old; 0.5 hectare is 15 years old; 1 hectare is 30 years old
    • Soil: Limestone/clay
    • Elevation: 300 meters (984 feet) above sea level
    • Exposure: South-southeast
    • Density: 4,500 vines/hectare (1,821 vines/acre)
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2016 vintage was certainly one of the longest-lasting in recent years. After mild temperatures in January and February, we had a drop of temperature in March accompanied by plenty of rain. The “late” drop of temperature slowed the vegetative cycle. Spring began with a considerable amount of rain with average temperatures. This vegetative delay continued until the end of the summer, which also began slowly but extended until the end of September.

  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: 100% in stainless-steel fermentors with 9-12 days skin contact, temperature controlled, with automatic pump overs; 100% with indigenous yeast
    • Malolactic: 100% in steel fermenters
    • Aging: 1 year barrel-aging in used, 25-hl (660-gallon) Slavonian oak; bottle-aged for 6 months. Bottled without filtration
  • Tasting Notes

    • Intense deep red with purple reflections. The nose is complex with aromas ranging from dry apricot and plums to fresh flowers with hints of sweet spices. The palate is full-bodied and round. The bright acidity creates a perfect balance. The aftertaste is long with a salinity that is typical for the soil of Ravera.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Barbera
    • Production (in cases): 1000 (12/750ml)
    • Cases Imported: 250
    • Alcohol: 14.5%



  • Elvio Cogno Barbera d’Alba Bricco Dei Merli – 2016 – James Suckling – 91 Points

    Attractive combination of ripe fruit and vanilla come through on the nose and palate. Medium body and a delicious finish. Drink now.

  • Elvio Cogno Barbera d’Alba Bricco dei Merli – 2016 – Wine Spectator – 90 Points

    This is firing on all cylinders, featuring blackberry, dark plum, chocolate and spice flavors allied to a solid structure. Long, if still a bit compact and square on the finish. Drink now through 2024.