Elvio Cogno

Piedmont, Italy

Vigna Elena Barolo Riserva DOCG — 2018

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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



  • Vigna Elena Barolo Riserva DOCG — 2018 – Wine Enthusiast – 96 Points

    "A rush of aromas of tart sour cherries, still on the tree, turn heads. Notes of macerating raspberries, warmed roses, mixed spices and wild thyme all swirl in the glass of this beautiful Barolo. Each sniff rewards the next. Lifted, with a gracefulness that most wines dream of, the palate shines with fresh cranberry, strawberry and hints of red plum jam with a touch anise and clove. Fine tannins run through the wine keep the tension as mouthwatering acidity ensures that the palate remains engaged in explore each and every drop of wine until the bottle is empty."

  • Vigna Elena Barolo Riserva DOCG — 2018 – Wine Advocate – 96 Points

    “The Elvio Cogno 2018 Barolo Riserva Ravera Vigna Elena (with 4,000 bottles made) reveals light tertiary definition with smoky tar, underbrush, crushed flower, dried cooking herbs, river reed and button mushroom. The pretty evolution of this wine underlines the high tones, and the wine has lost its baby fat. The fine tannins are polished and glossy.”

  • Vigna Elena Barolo Riserva DOCG — 2018 – Wine Spectator – 94 Points

    "Elegant, expressive, linear and firmly built, this red reveals strawberry, cherry, rose hip, eucalyptus, juniper, iron and salty flavors. Lithe and nimble, with a line of resonant tannins on the finish."

  • Vigna Elena Barolo Riserva DOCG — 2018 – James Suckling – 95 Points

    “This is a sleek, savory and sophisticated Barolo. Medium-bodied, packing in notes of sour cherries, orange peel, mahogany and hints of balsamic, all framed by silky tannins. Transparent character to it.”