Elvio Cogno

Piedmont, Italy

Vigna Elena Barolo Riserva DOCG — 2016

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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: 30 years old
    • Soil: Limestone and clay, with the presence of sand
    • Elevation: 380 meters (1,246 feet) above sea level
    • Exposure: Southeast
    • Density: 5,000 vines/hectare (2,024 vines/acre)
  • Vinification

    • 100% in stainless steel, temperature-controlled, with automatic pump overs, post-fermentation maceration for 30 days with submerged cap; 100% with indigenous yeas.

    • 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
    • Alcohol: 14.50%
    • TA: 5.59 g/L
    • RS: 0.47 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • From one of the best exposed vineyards in Ravera MGA, the 2016 Barolo Ravera Riserva Vigna Elena amazes for its great harmony and for the ability to evolve continuously in the glass. Garnet red in color, it has an intense and charming aroma, which offers notes of berries, rose petals, blood orange and licorice. The mouthfeel is dominated by an excellent balance and incisive depth; soft and smooth tannins create an enveloping tactile sensation, and the long aftertaste gives pleasant notes of spices and undergrowth



  • Vigna Elena Barolo Riserva DOCG — 2016 – Wine Spectator – 97 Points

    “Nevertheless, there are still firm, refined tannins, along with bright acidity underneath. Excellent length..”