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Cogno Barolo ‘Ravera’ 2016

Nebbiolo from Novello, Barolo, Piedmont, Italy

$220

$210ea in any 3+
$200ea in any 6+
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"These vineyards represent the classic side of our production. They make elegant, smooth, and fresh wines with a fine aroma." Valter Fissore

Description

I’ve been watching Cogno for a while now. Cogno’s wines are down the traditional wine with modern fermentation tech, stainless steel. The wines are clean, not clinical, the elevage, largely time in large old wood makes for beautifully developed wines. Fine and feminine, they all have a great core of fruit, balance and lovely mouthfeel. All their wines are full of personality.

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Why is this Wine so Yummy?

Cogno makes 4 Baroli from different parts of the Ravera Cru. When you look at the map of Barolo below it’s clear that the Ravera Cru is quite large with many different aspects. It’s great to see Cogno separating the unique parcels. The 4 wines from top to bottom are:

Walter Fissore and Nadia Cogno’s 2015 Barolos are compelling, as are their later-release 2014 and 2013 wines. All of these Barolos share the sense of translucence and weightless energy that is the single most important signature of Ravera, where the estate and all of the vineyards are located. Antonio Galloni


These vineyards represent the classic side of our production. They make elegant, smooth, and fresh wines with a fine aroma.Valter Fissore


The Ravera vineyards extend for about five hectares inside the larger zone of the same name.

They are planted at 380 m above sea level with south and southeastern exposure. The soil is very compact calcareous clay, rich in minerals that give the wine a particular savoriness. The microclimate is affected by Alpine currents and is mitigated by the nearby Tanaro River, giving the wine freshness and an elegant bouquet.

Area: 4.88 hectares
Grape variety: lampia and michet, sub-varieties of Nebbiolo
Density: 4,000 vines per hectare
Cultivation: vertical trellised, Guyot pruning
Altitude: 380 m above sea level
Harvest period: October
Wine making: in stainless steel – temperature controlled – automatic pump-over, post fermentation maceration for 30 days with submerged cap
Aging: 24 months in large 25-30 hl Slavonian oak barrels
Lysis: 90 days
Bottle aging: 6 months

Cogno’s Style

Cogno’s wines are down the traditional wine with modern fermentation tech, stainless steel. The wines are clean, not clinical, the elevage, largely time in large old wood makes for beautifully developed wines. Fine and feminine, they all have a great core of fruit, balance and lovely mouthfeel. You will be seeing many more of their wines on our list!

About Elvio Cogno

The Elvio Cogno Winery stands at the top of the Bricco Ravera Hill in Novello, in the Piedmont territory of the Langhe. The farm occupies 11 hectares of land, all under vine. It has the unique feature that it is almost surrounded by forest (bordered at least) creating a unique, possibly slightly cooler more natural micro climate.

The Cogno family has been making wine for four generations, managing the vineyards with great care. They do not force the natural way of the vines, but cultivate low yields per hectare in respect of the biological balance of the vines. In Elvio Cogno’s wines today, we find the characteristics of history and tradition as Papà Elvio advised, and freshness and innovation that his daughter Nadia and her husband Valter Fissore contribute. The style is traditional: organic vineyard management, extremely low yields, a long maceration time and ageing in large oak. Always looking for balance the wines have immediate appeal but of course the longer you spend with them the more they reveal their multifaceted structure. This is true for all their wines, not only the top cru‘s.
Organic and biodynamic principles are employed in the vineyard and winery.

Where in the World is Cogno?

The estate great vineyards are based in the Commune of Novello in the south-east of the Barolo region. Their prized vineyard, Ravera (not to be confused with Ravera di Monforte) is on the north-eastern boundary of the Commune.

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99 Points

From the estate that proved the extraordinary quality of the Ravera subzone, this compelling wine opens with heady scents of rose, iris, perfumed berry, new leather and camphor. Focused and full bodied, the precise palate is delicious and firmly structured, featuring ripe red cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice and tobacco framed in tightly knit fine-grained tannins. Fresh acidity keeps it beautifully balanced and lends youthful tension. Drink 2024–2056.

Kerin O'Keefe

95 Points

Crystalline purity to this Barolo with red currants, fruit tea, lemons, freshly squeezed oranges and rosemary. Medium-to full-bodied with inward-looking, sophisticated tannins that thread vibrant red fruit in ribbon-like shapes. Drink from 2024.

James Suckling

94 Points

The 2016 Barolo Ravera shows all of the energy and tension this site is so well-known for. Penetrating acids and veins of tannin give the Ravera its drive and overall feel. Naturally, the 2016 is going to need at least a few years to be at its best, but it has tremendous breeding and character to burn. White pepper, mint, sweet red cherry and citrus add to the wine's high-toned profile. This is another stellar wine from Cogno.

Antonio Galloni, Vinous

Where in the world does the magic happen?

Company Elvio Cogno, Località Ravera, Novello, Province of Cuneo, Italy

Novello
Barolo
Piedmont
Italy