Elvio Cogno

Piedmont, Italy

Bricco Pernice Barolo DOCG – 2009

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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” translates to “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.

  • Label

    • The Label:

      The label is designed by Elena, Elvio’s granddaughter.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • 100% estate vineyards

    • Size: 2 hectares (4.94 acres)
    • Vine Age: One section is 20 years, the other section is 65 years
    • Soil: Limestone, calcareous, with less sand than the other hill of the Ravera cru
    • Elevation: 320 meters (1,050 feet)
    • Exposure: South and southeast
    • Density: 5,000 vines/hectare (2,023 vines/acre)
    • Training: Vertical trellising, Guyot pruning
  • Vintage Report

    • A snowy winter but not too cold, followed by a rainy but warm spring through the beginning of May. Summer was hot, occasionally with above-average temperatures. Autumn was dry and slightly warmer than normal, leading to a slightly earlier than normal harvest.

    • Harvest Date(s): October 6-7
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: 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
    • Malolactic: 100% in steel fermenters
    • Barrel Aging: 30 months in 25-30-hectoliter (660-793-gallon) Slavonian oak
    • Filtration: None
    • Bottle Aging: 18 months
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Nebbiolo (specifically Lampia, a sub-variety of Nebbiolo)
    • Cases Imported: 100
    • Imported Case Pack: 6/750ml
    • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Ruby to garnet red in color. Intense notes of violet accompanied by a hint of damp soil, ripe red fruit and subtle spiciness. Harmonious and well structured on the palate, with incisive yet fine, soft tannins. Already elegant and alluring when young, its silkiness and, above all, its complexity allow it to age as only great wines know how to do.
      Serving Suggestions: At 19 C (66 F)
      Aging Potential: 30+ years



  • Bricco Pernice Barolo DOCG – 2009 – 93 points – Wine Enthusiast

    "Succulent and linear, this structured wine opens with classic varietal aromas of underbrush, ripe berry, leather, grilled herb and balsamic notes."

  • Bricco Pernice Barolo DOCG – 2009 – 90 points – Wine Spectator

    "Ample cherry fruit graces this round red, which starts out supple, but the tannins have a hard edge, bringing the finish to an abrupt close. Improves with air and food."

  • Bricco Pernice Barolo DOCG – 2009 – 91 points – Wine & Spirits

    “Balanced on a huge scale, this wine is packed with luscious fruit, black tannins and savory coffee bean and anise flavors, all of it qualitatively high level…this will make a delicious accompaniment to a steak."

  • Bricco Pernice Barolo DOCG – 2009

    Intense notes of violet with a hint of red fruit and spice. Harmonious and well-structured with incisive yet fine, soft tannins. Already elegant and alluring when young, its silkiness and complexity allow it to age as only great wines know how to do.