Elvio Cogno Bordini Barbaresco 2008
Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
Ruby red in color with light garnet highlights. This wine has a great finesse on the nose, harmonious and complex. Sensations of ripe red fruit, typical of Nebbiolo, with spicy undertones. Enveloping tannins, great elegance and persistence on the palate.
Wine Spectator - "A supple, elegant red, combining finesse and intensity. Cherry, raspberry, floral and mineral aromas and flavors fit seamlessly with the vibrant structure, as the finish lingers gracefully. Very harmonious and long. Best from 2014 through 2028. 100 cases imported."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Barbaresco Bordini is much more focused and inward than the 2007. Dark red cherries, plums, licorice, mint and minerals are some of the notes that take shape in the glass. The 2008 impresses for its cut and sheer energy. It is a very classic Barbaresco that could use another few years in bottle. Tar, mint and licorice are nicely layered into the finessed finish. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2023."
Elvio Cogno Winery
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. View all Elvio Cogno Wines
About PiedmontView a map of Piedmont wineries (PEED-mont)
Notable FactsNot just regulated to red wine, Piedmont also produces some notable whites, particularly those near the district of Gavi and Asti. Gavi produces still white wine from the Cortese grape. The wine is dry with a crisp, citrus-like acidity – fairly neutral but pleasant. Arneis is another grape/wine made in the area, creating a fuller wine that displays some nuttiness in the aroma and taste. Asti is well known for its sparkling wine – in particular Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti. Asti Spumante is typically higher in alcohol, sweetness & fizziness, while its higher-class cousin, Mostcato d'Asti, contains lower alcohol levels, a few less bubbles, and a more restrained and delicate representation of Moscato fruit.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review44 out of 5 stars
1 rating, 1 with reviewChristian V. - Wichita, KS45/27/2012
For such a young vintage, this is an exceptional Barbaresco. The presentation was typical of this varietal with colors of rose and garnet. The nose was rich and well balanced with hints of licorice and mild earth. The pallet was very well balanced with notes of black cherries, mild spices, earthy florals. Its finish was long and smooth devoid of any bitterness that often accompanies young wines made from the nebbiolo grape. I would suggest a case or two for the cellar as this vintage will be superb when it reaches it's peak. I think the 94 point rating was a little stingy for this exceptional offering. I would give it a solid 95 points and hoist it to level of collectable.
- Smooth & Supple