Bricco Pernice Barolo DOCG — 2016
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)
- Size: 2 hectares (4.94 acres)
- Vine Age: One section is 31 years old, the other section is 51 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 2016 vintage was certainly one of the longest-lasting in recent years. After mild temperatures in January and February, we had a temperature drop in March accompanied by plenty of rain. The “late” temperature drop slowed down 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. The picking of the Nebbiolo followed the classic order: first Barbaresco and Nebbiolo d’Alba, then Barolo. Full ripening was achieved in all cases with no technological or phenological problems. The late development seen in the early part of the year was made up for during the months of August and September. In particular, the second half of September was crucial for the components that determine the structure of the wines, especially the accumulation of phenolic substances.
- Fermentation: 100% in stainless steel, temperature-controlled, with automatic pump overs, post-fermentation maceration for 30 days with submerged cap; 100% indigenous yeast
- Aging: 24 months in large Slavonian oak barrels (25-30 hl), followed by 18 months in bottle.
- Alcohol: 14.50%
- TA: 5.86 g/L
- RS: 0.44 g/l
Much is said about the excellence of the 2016 vintage: despite an initial delay in growth, the Nebbiolo grapes reached a perfect technological and phenolic maturation. The 2016 Barolo Ravera Bricco Pernice is a multi-faceted wine due to its aromatic and taste profile. This wine reveals intense fruity and spicy aromas, complicated by dried flowers and orange peel notes. In the mouth it stands out for its incredible structure and endless length and the high-quality tannins result in a soft and deep mouthfeel.
Elvio Cogno Bricco Pernice Barolo DOCG — 2016 – Wine Enthusiast – 97 Points
This gorgeous red has enticing aromas of rose, iris, woodland berry, camphor and truffle. Full bodied and savory, the enveloping palate doles out raspberry compote, licorice, baking spice and tobacco alongside firm, refined tannins and bright acidity. A minty note lingers on the close.
Elvio Cogno Bricco Pernice Barolo DOCG — 2016 – Wine & Spirits – 100 Points
Valter Fissore’s 2016 Barolo Ravera Bricco Pernice is a tour de force, taking the power, balance and elegance of his 2016 Barolo Ravera to an even higher level. The wine bursts from the glass with aromas of rose petal, violet and mint that are fresh and high toned, beautifully representative of the outstanding 2016 vintage. The wine has an inner brightness and lift that propel those flavors across the palate as they gain notes of raspberry, licorice and orange peel...The tension between subtle power and exuberant energy in the 2016 is a thrill that every Barolo lover should experience.
Elvio Cogno Bricco Pernice Barolo DOCG — 2016 – James Suckling – 97 Points
Aromas of dried roses, asphalt and orange peel follow through to a full body with a solid yet silky tannin texture to the clear, vivid fruit. Goes on for minutes. A subtle and very structured red.
Elvio Cogno Bricco Pernice Barolo DOCG — 2016 – The Wine Advocate – 97 Points
The 2016 Barolo Ravera Bricco Pernice is a serious wine, and I mean that both in terms of its complex sophistication and its rather austere and brooding personality. The bouquet is redolent of dark fruit, wild plum and redcurrant, but there is plenty more at the back, with iron ore, crushed stone, camphor ash and licorice. Those sharply contoured lines could be from nowhere else but the classic 2016 vintage, and you recognize its many merits right off the bat. It offers ample depth, nuance and power.