Bricco Pernice Barolo DOCG – 2013
Bricco Pernice is named for the rock on which courting partridges build their nest. “Pernice” translates as “rock ptarmigan” or “partridge,” “Bricco” is a hill. This is the very latest wine from Elvio Cogno. Until a few years ago this was part of the Ravera Barolo cru; in recent years it has been expanded to incorporate the neighboring hills. The fruit of years of hard work, this wine is a dream come true, made from the finest vineyard in Novello in the most historic part of the Ravera cru. The label is designed by Elena, Elvio’s granddaughter.
- Vineyards: 100% Nebbiolo da Barolo, Lampia sub-variety of Nebbiolo
- Grape Source: 100% estate vineyard at the top of the Ravera hill
- Cultivation: Vertical trellising, Guyot pruning, 100% organic (not yet certified)
- Vine Age: One section is 20 years old, the other section is 65 years old
- Soil: Limestone, calcareous, with less sand than the other hill of the Ravera cru
- Elevation: 320 meters (1,050 feet) above sea level
- Exposure: South and southeast
- Density: 5,000 vines/hectare (2,023 vines/acre)
The 2013 vintage was among the longest ever recorded. The start of the spring was slow and characterized by low temperatures. The period between April through May featured plenty of rainfall (210 mm on average, with a total of 18 days of rain), conditions that created risks for fungi infections on the new shoots. In June and July the weather turned into dry and sunny so we had a very good and even flowering followed by a generous fruit set. Despite the good weather in August and September, the delay from the spring time lasted all the way to the harvest. The hot and dry days accompanied by the very cool nights created the perfect conditions for a very good phenolic ripening, especially on the Nebbiolo grape. A very drastic and precise selection of the grapes was applied in order to achieve the highest quality and show the best expression of the Cru.
- Fermentation: 100% in stainless steel, temperature-controlled, with automatic pump overs, postfermentation maceration for 30 days with submerged cap; skin contact for 40-45 days with fermentation and afterwards, with post-fermentation maceration submerged cap; 100% with indigenous yeast
- Malolactic: 100% in steel fermentors
- Aging: 30 months barrel-aging in large (25-30 hl/660-793 gallons), used Slavonian oak, followed by 18 months in bottle Bottled without filtration
- Production (in cases): 2500 (6/750ml)
- Cases Imported: 700
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- p H: 3.5
- RS: < 1 g/l
The color is dark garnet red. The nose is elegant and complex with hints of small berries followed by rose petals, several balsamic notes, aromatic herbs and black tea leaves. On the palate it is fullbodied. The deep, velvety tannins are perfectly melted and the fresh acidity produces a very long and balanced aftertaste. The mouthfeel is like a symphony where all the instruments play in tune.
Elvio Cogno Barolo Ravera Bricco Pernice – 2013 – Wine Enthusiast – 97 Points
Forest floor, dried rose petal, new leather, star anise and menthol aromas align with a potpourri of dark cooking spice. The full-bodied yet linear palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, crushed strawberry, licorice and aromatic herb set against taut, elegant tannins. Vibrant acidity lends balance, tension and an ageworthy structure.
Elvio Cogno Barolo Ravera Bricco Pernice – 2013 – Wine Spectator – 94 Points
Grounded by a beam of pure cherry, this red is wrapped in an embrace of dense, finely wrought tannins. Shows a licorice chewiness, along with sage and sandalwood notes that linger on the fresh aftertaste. Best from 2022 through 2045.