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 Cascina Nuova Barolo shows that even the youngest vineyards can produce an excellent Barolo, albeit easily accessible, more immediate and of wide appeal. Aimed at a broader public that wants to get to know the wine gradually before moving on to more complex examples, it might even be defined as a lesson in Barolo. A point of departure for the wine drinking experience, it also ensures excellent value for money. True to the history of great wine and Langhe tradition, Valter and Nadia see Barolo as a select assemblage of grapes from the best vineyards, carefully drawing out the best each has to offer. This is a wine that manages to reflect all the character of a major terroir.
Serve with hearty meat dishes such as braised and roast beef, game, mature cheeses, or even-why not? – from first course to last.