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 – Vinous – 97 Points

    "The 2016 Barolo Riserva Ravera Vigna Elena is such a complete wine. Elegant, deep and powerful, like only great Barolo can be, the Vigna Elena possesses tons of nuance and dimension from the very first taste. Exotic spice and orange zest notes open first. Ripe raspberry, mocha and autumn leaves develop later. The Vigna Elena is an absolute delight.”

  • Vigna Elena Barolo Riserva DOCG — 2016 – James Suckling – 97 Points

    "A lovely expression of Barolo riserva with just the right balance of fruit and riserva oak, which is quite rare in this category. Ripe, lightly spiced red-fruit character on the nose, which expands into a myriad of extra nuances if you linger, including truffle, ash, dried citrus peel and pressed flowers. Full-bodied with nicely integrated tannins that encourage the fruit character all the way through the long finish. Enduring, bright and cool character at the end. So well constructed, making the best of a great vintage. So good to taste now, but a there’s a long life ahead of this"

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

    “The Elvio Cogno 2016 Barolo Riserva Ravera Vigna Elena represents a tremendous effort and a wine that makes the best of an iconic vintage and a celebrated territory. The Ravera cru of Novello is making some of the best new Barolos today, and it definitely made some of the best expressions from the 2016 vintage. The bouquet is mostly primary and bright, but there are light hints of age that are already beginning to appear. They include licorice, tar and camphor ash.”

  • Vigna Elena Barolo Riserva DOCG — 2016 – Wine Enthusiast – 100 Points

    "This breathtaking beauty offers enticing scents of rose petal, ripe woodland berry, pipe tobacco and camphor. It's full-bodied but elegantly structured, delivering delicious flavors of ripe red cherry, blood orange, licorice and baking spice. Taut, refined tannins provide the framework while bright acidity gives it wonderful balance, energy and tension."