Elvio Cogno

Piedmont, Italy

Vigna Elena Barolo Riserva DOCG – 2013

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  • Introduction

    • Elena is the daughter of co-owners, Valter Fissore and Nadia Cogno. The vineyard for this wine was planted when Elena was born, and is dedicated to her, as is the wine. The label is a drawing of a chick that Elena made for her mother and father when she was just three years old. (She is now the professional designer of all the winery’s labels.) This label has been the symbol of the wine ever since its creation many years ago. This Barolo Riserva is produced only in great vintages.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: 100% Nebbiolo da Barolo, Rosé sub-variety of Nebbiolo
    • Grape Source: 100% estate vineyard halfway up the Ravera hill
    • Cultivation: Vertical trellising, Guyot pruning, 100% organic (not yet certified)
    • Vine Age: 25 years old
    • Soil: Limestone and clay, with the presence of sand
    • Elevation: 380 meters (1,246 feet) above sea level
    • Exposure: Southeast
    • Density: 4,000 vines/hectare (1,619 vines/acre)
  • Vinification

    • 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: 36 months barrel-aging in large (40 hl/1,057 gallons), used Slavonian oak, followed by 24 months in bottle
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Nebbiolo da Barolo, Rosé sub-variety of Nebbiolo
    • Production (in cases): 580 (6/750ml)
    • Cases Imported: 150
    • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Dark ruby red in color with some orange reflections. The bouquet is very aromatic with flavors from dry plums to dried rose and violet petals with hints of balsamic and alpine herbs; a very “aristocratic” nose. The mouthfeel is warm and rich with soft, deep, refined tannins that are perfectly melted. The wine has a bright acidity that gives a very long and pleasant aftertaste.

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Reviews

  • Elvio Cogno Barolo Ravera Riserva Vigna Elena — 2013 – Wine & Spirits – 97 Points

    Walter Fissore’s focus on Novello’s Ravera cru makes a powerful case for specialization. He produces four Barolos, all from Ravera, all from the wines that surround his farmhouse, and his wines seem to get better with each vintage, regardless of conditions. Vigna Elena is a singular wine, the only Barolo made entirely from Nebbiolo rosé, once thought to be a Nebbiolo clone but now shown to be a separate yet closely related variety...

  • Elvio Cogno Barolo Ravera Vigna Elena Riserva – 2013 – Wine Spectator – 95 Points

    The silky texture and graceful profile provide a setting for strawberry, cherry, rose, iron and tobacco flavors in this red. No pushover, this features a solid structure that emerges on the long, earth-, leather-, mineral- and tobacco-tinged aftertaste. Once fully integrated, this should be a beauty. Best from 2022 through 2042.

  • Elvio Cogno Barolo Vigna Elena DOCG – 2013 – Vinepair – A+

    If you are buying Barolo, you know you're going to spend. This wine is $85 and worth every single penny. The aromas that I type cannot truly convey the feeling that will run through you when you stick your nose in that glass, but here we go. The nose is soulful, with bright cherry mingling with fresh clay and strap leather (like a leather store at the mall). You will swoon at the subtle rose petal aromas mingling with peppery anise. It’s been in bottle for a while and drinking well now but the tannins are still ornery enough that it could go for another ten-plus years.

  • Elvio Cogno Barolo Ravera Vigna Elena Riserva – 2013 – Wine Enthusiast – 97 Points

    Perfumed and structured, this wine opens with alluring scents of rose, tobacco, mint, underbrush and woodland berry. The vibrant, focused palate offers intriguing tension and intensity while at the same time showing finesse, delivering red cherry, raspberry, licorice and baking spice tones framed by firm tannins. Drink 2023–2043.

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