The Elvio Cogno winery sits on the top of Bricco Ravera, a hill near Novello in the Langhe area of Piedmont, one of the eleven communes in which Barolo is produced. The cellar is housed in an 18th-century manor farm surrounded by 11 hectares of land, all occupied by vineyards. After a long and fruitful partnership with Marcarini at La Morra, in 1990 Cogno bought a splendid historical farm in the family village and restored it to its former glory. Today the winery nestles in a breathtaking landscape between the hills and the sky. At sunset on clear days, a wonderful turquoise horizon frames the farm like a painting. Hence the name of this exceptional wine land: ‘Petorchino’, or blue feet. The Cogno family has been making wine in the Langhe area for four generations: the values of history and tradition handed down by father Elvio are enhanced by the freshness and innovation introduced by his daughter Nadia and her husband Valter Fissore.
Elvio Cogno Barbera d’Alba Bricco dei Merli shows inky density and succulent softness. The grapes have happily absorbed the warm sunshine from the long growing season. The wine was aged in bottle grande to maintain the brightness of the fruit and to prevent the wine from becoming too heavy. It shows a pretty level of fresh acidity and it also offers distinct mineral tones that come as a pleasant surprise. Aromas of crushed flint and campfire ash are followed by cola and balsam herb. This wine is distinguished by its savory flavors and the softness of its texture.