Ravera is now regarded as one of the greatest sites in Barolo, but it was Elvio Cogno who first decided to bottle it as a single vineyard back in the early 1990s. Since then, he replanted some of the oldest vines that no longer produce sufficient fruit to Rose, the close relative of Nebbiolo that now produces his Riserva wine, Vigna Elena. The old Nebbiolo vines that that have survived continue to make this single vineyard Ravera. The 2016 -- from vines that now go back 70 years -- may be the best example of it yet, with the airy purity of all the best 2016s but also a simmering refinement that portends an extremely long life ahead.
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.