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Elvio Cogno, Barolo Riserva "Vigna Elena", 2011


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We have been excited about Cogno's wines for many years. With the most recent of vintages, Elvio Cogno has reached the pinnacle of greatness. The domaine can now join a small handful of producers in Barolo that we can truly call elite. This was inevitable. Cogno was founded by Elvio Cogno in 1990 after he left Marcarini, where he earned a reputation as one of the greatest wine-makers in Piedmont. Since then, he (together with his daughter Nadia and her husband, Valter Fissore) has been making very traditional-style Barolos in the village of Novello, and especially its top Cru, Ravera.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 94
"Cogno's 2011 Barolo Riserva Vigna Elena is soft, round and inviting, with all of the richness and soft contours of the vintage. Dark red cherry, plum, menthol, licorice and dark spices infuse the creamy, resonant finish. Best of all, the 2011 will drink well with minimal cellaring, in relative terms, of course." -Vinous

Robert Parker

RP 95
"The 2011 Barolo Riserva Vigna Elena is a pure expression of the Rosé clone, a subvariety of Nebbiolo that is seeing a small but steady upswing in popularity. This wine is only made in the best vintages and it was not produced in 2008 or 2002. It probably will not appear in 2014 either, I'm told. But the 2011 vintage is well worth your attention. This is a deep and brooding wine that carries its extra weight and volume with the grace of a classic ballet dancer. There is ample power and determination here that will undoubtedly carry the wine forward in its aging trajectory." -Robert Parker


D 93
"Gently extracted with a 30 day submerged cap post fermentation, the Vigna Elena is aged in large 40 hectolitre Slavonian oak casks. A very pale ruby colour and intensely floral aromas convey the distinct character of Nebbiolo Rosé. Notes of sweet spice, pink peppercorn and mint blossom are carried by surprisingly soft tannins."

Wine Spectator

WS 94
"Floral, macerated cherry, licorice and soy flavors mark this fresh, harmonious Barolo. Firm, with a lingering finish, yet fluid and almost approachable now. Should hit its stride in a year or two."

Wine Enthusiast

WE 94
"Forest floor, grilled herb, dark spice, eucalyptus and wild berry aromas fill the glass. The structured palate delivers dried black cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice, sage and pipe tobacco while taut noble tannins provide impressive support. It's savory and full bodied but also boasts an irresistible, almost weightless elegance."


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    Medium Bodied

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