Elvio Cogno

Piedmont, Italy

Vigna Elena Barolo Riserva DOCG — 2017

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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: 15%
    • TA: 5.62 g/L
    • RS: 0.61 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • The Barolo Ravera Riserva Vigna Elena 2017 is an impressive wine with a unique and complex array of aromas including rose petals, ripe fruit, licorice, sweet spices, herbs, and incense. Despite the warm and dry 2017 season, this Barolo maintains its characteristic finesse and exhibits grace and freshness. It has a firm yet composed tannin and moves with intensity and great energy.



  • Vigna Elena Barolo Riserva DOCG — 2017 – Wine Spectator – 97 Points

    “Ever so supple and laced with cherry, raspberry, rose, licorice and mineral flavors, this Barolo is complex, harmonious and long. It's as much about the silky texture as any of the other elements that make this so compelling. Superb length on the finish.”

  • Vigna Elena Barolo Riserva DOCG — 2017 – Wine Enthusiast – 97 Points

    “Though it was a very dry year, this vintage still managed to keep its impressive elegance. The wine opens with enticing aromas of wild cherry, fresh and dried roses, incense, wild herbs and savory spice. The palate is an example of thoughtfulness and craft with a core of deep wild berries, black tea, and crushed stones that are all supported by supple tannins and lifted acidity.”

  • Vigna Elena Barolo Riserva DOCG — 2017 – James Suckling – 95 Points

    “Notes of dried cherries and strawberries, ground spices, aged orange peel, walnuts and sandalwood. Medium- to full-bodied. Tannins are velvety and nicely integrated with a dusty texture. Complete and balanced with a polished finish.”

  • Vigna Elena Barolo Riserva DOCG — 2017 – Wine Advocate – 95 Points

    “This is a hot-vintage expression with a broad and rich personality that fits in line with the character of the growing season. In addition to that textural support, this wine is also more accessible and raring to go. Blackberry is interlaced with licorice root, cola and spice.”