Elvio Cogno

Piedmont, Italy

Bricco Pernice Barolo DOCG – 2015

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  • Introduction

    • 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.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • 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)
    • Size: 2 hectares (4.94 acres)
    • 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)
  • Vintage Report

    • After a very snowy winter, the spring started early and the vegetative cycle was definitively earlier than 2014. After the berries set (mid May) we had some rainfall, then a long period of no rain all the way to the end of July. August was characterized by slightly lower temperature that slowed down the ripening. Even though the summer was very hot and dry, in the Ravera cru we did not face any stress on the vines, in fact the abundant snowfall in the prior winter provided enough moisture for the whole ripening cycle. Harvest was earlier than in the previous few years.

  • Vinification

    • 100% in stainless steel, temperature-controlled, with automatic pump overs, post-fermentation 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.

    • Fermentation: 100% in stainless steel, temperature-controlled, with automatic pump overs, post-fermentation maceration for 30 days with submerged cap; 100% indigenous yeast.
    • Malolactic: 100% in steel fermentors
    • Aging: 24 months in large Slavonian oak barrels (25-30 hl), followed by 18 months in bottle.
  • Technical Information

    • Production (in cases): 817 (6/750ml)
    • Cases Imported: 150 (6/750)
    • Alcohol: 14.5%
    • TA: 5.91 g/L
    • p H: 3.48
    • RS: 0.50 g/l
  • Tasting Notes

    • “The 2015 Barolo Bricco Pernice, from the very core of Ravera cru, is a ripe, polished wine that reflects the style of the site. Layers of sweet red fruits, blood orange and spices caress the palate through to the rich, vibrant finish. This Barolo has incredible depth and freshness. The sip is fulfilling, sumptuous and simply delicious.” — Valter Fissore, Winemaker

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  • Elvio Cogno Bricco Pernice Barolo DOCG — 2015 – Wine Spectator – 95 Points

    Aromas of camphor and sweet pipe tobacco give way to cherry, tar and wild scrub flavors in this densely structured red, which is elegant and sinewy, with a lingering, chewy finish. Best from 2023 through 2045

  • Elvio Cogno Bricco Pernice Barolo DOCG — 2015 – The Wine Advocate – 96 Points

    The Elvio Cogno 2015 Barolo Ravera Bricco Pernice delivers the depth, richness and concentration that are a hallmark of this pretty vintage. This wine is a pure expression of the productive Lampia clone of Nebbiolo. Generous layers of blackberry, wild cherry, rose hip, ferrous earth and campfire ash are neatly folded together to build the wine's intensity. Like the other wines from this estate, the tannic management is spot-on. You are aware of the wine's youthful structure, but it is delivered without hard edges or sharp points. A mere 4,000 bottles were produced.

  • Elvio Cogno Bricco Pernice Barolo DOCG – 2015 – Wine Enthusiast – 97 Points

    Enticing scents of rose, iris, perfumed berry and an earthy whiff of truffle shape the fragrant nose on this dazzling wine. The delicious, full-bodied palate boasts structure and a weightless elegance, delivering juicy Marasca cherry, cherry compote, cinnamon and star anise. Taut polished tannins and fresh acidity provide balance and an elegant structure. It's already irresistible but will also age well for years. Drink 2022–2035.

  • Elvio Cogno Bricco Pernice Barolo DOCG – 2015 – Jancis Robinson – 17.5 Points

    Novello. Lustrous mid ruby. Lots of depth and richness, yet at the same time sleek. Sweet, crushed red fruit run through by a spicy vein. Gorgeous succulent fruit, great focus and length and full spread on the finish with bags of ripe, grainy tannins. Endlessly long and succulent.

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