Elvio Cogno, Barolo Ravera, 2015


Harmonious Mineral Barolo with Scents of flowers and delicate spice.

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Elvio Cogno

Elvio Cogno was a man with a vision: To make the best wine his land could express. It's hard to imagine now, but in the 1950's Langhe, this simple idea was revolutionary. His passion and hard work pulled an entire region from local wines drunk at neighboring restaurants into the cellars of the world's wine collectors. From being the first to vinify and label single vineyards in Barolo to refining traditional production techniques, he was a true legend.

We have been excited about Cogno's wines for many years. The domaine can now join a small handful of producers in Barolo that we can truly call the elite. Their wines are organically farmed, traditional-style Barolos in the village of Novello, and with focus on its top Cru, Ravera.

Ravera is in the far southwest of the Barolo zone, and is responsible for the growing attention that its commune of Novello is receiving in the Langhe conversation. When Elvio Cogno bought his land here in 1991, his was, and still is, the only estate making top quality wine that was actually based in Novello (the winery is in fact the only one listed for the half-chapter on Novello in Kerin O'Keefe's superb reference, Barolo and Barbaresco). So it may be surprising that the estate puts out four separate single-vineyard Barolos from this relatively (but less so every year!) obscure commune, all from within Ravera.

Since the death of Elvio, the estate is run by his daughter and her husband Valter Fissore (a longtime coworker of Elvio's at Marcarini and then at the older man's own property). Valter has offered to spend an hour with us next week talking all things Barolo. We invite you to join us on Instagram Live on Sunday, June 21st at 10am pst where we will be tasting through a series of wines, discussing Piemonte history, what may lay ahead, and of course celebrating fathers everywhere.

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.


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  • Style

    Earthy , Elegant , Minerally

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  • Body

    Medium Bodied