Elvio Cogno

Piedmont, Italy

Montegrilli Nebbiolo Langhe DOC – 2018

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  • Introduction

    • This wine is dedicated to Valter Fissore’s grandfather, Eugenio, who had a vineyard named Montegrilli in the Roero area of the Langhe.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: 100% Nebbiolo
    • Grape Source: 100% estate vineyards in the mid-hill region of Ravera, village of Novello, a selection from the Nebbiolo vineyards for Barolo
    • Cultivation: Vertical trellising, Guyot pruning, 100% organic (not yet certified)
    • Size: 1 hectare (2.47 acres)
    • Vine Age: Average age from 10 - 15 years
    • Soil: Limestone and clay
    • Elevation: 300 meters (984 feet) above sea level
    • Exposure: Southern
    • Density: 4,000 vines/hectare (1,619 vines/acre)
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2018 harvest was quite late and arduous; yet, the crop shows immense promise after a long and engaging growing season. The beginning of spring was quite difficult due to the heavy rain, and the summer was considerably warm and quite dry. The conditions allowed the vines to catch up upon a quite slow start. From the last days of June through the month of July, the sunny days encouraged a fast vegetative growth that required several trimmings and manual leaves thinning, especially in the shaded internal parts that were less active in photosynthesis.These efforts produced even cluster growth, and it carried to an early veraison in the month of August. Toward the beginning of September, the temperature dropped significantly during the night but warm and dry during the day, a perfect condition to promote the phenolic ripening (skin and seeds on the red grapes).

  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: 100% in stainless steel fermenters with 7 - 10 days skin contact, temperature controlled, automatic pump-overs; 100% with indigenous yeast
    • Malolactic: 100% in steel fermenters
    • Aging: No barrel aging; bottle aged for six months. Bottled without filtration
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Nebbiolo
    • Alcohol: 14.0%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Deep ruby red in color with a slight orange edge. Harmonious, well-balanced aroma, a pleasant blend of floral, fruity and soft spicy scents, with a finish of rose, violet and vanilla. Fresh, lively bouquet, with harmonious tannins and alcohol and balanced acidity. Soft, elegant and full-bodied with a very long aftertaste. Redolent of freshly macerated red berries, raspberry and red currant.