Elvio Cogno first came up with the idea to produce wine at the Ristorante dell’Angelo in La Morra. Elvio Cogno’s family had been growing grapes for generations, but no one had thought of turning that work into a job. It was so successful that by the late 1950s, with the support of a business partner and the growing prestige of his wines, Elvio Cogno decided to leave the restaurant business and produce wine full time. The first Barolo that the Cogno family bottled was the great vintage of 1961.
Despite perfect storage the cork was wet to the foil. This bottle was decanted for an hour and served with homemade lasagna.
Light crimson in color. 14% ABV. Great nose of red fruits, iron, leather and wet fur. Light body with strong acidity. Rustic and complex with drying tannins. Dried cherries, blood, plums and spice on the palate. The finish is long and silky. Ultimately here the fruit is starting to fade and the tannins are still substantial. I’m inclined to drink in the next 1-2 years.
My rating: 91 points.
Current vintages of Azienda Agricola Elvio Cogno Barolo Ravera, including the ’11, ’12 and ’13 are recommended and attractively priced in the $60-$70 range.
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