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Elvio Cogno Anas-Cetta Nascetta di Novello 2015

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750ML / 13% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The 2015 vintage is an extremely rich wine, although it was produced in a much lower quantity this year (40% lower than the usual production). Straw-yellow in color with golden reflections. Notes of acacia honey and peach flowers are extremely well balanced on the nose, with aromas of tropical fruits and cut grass. On the palate, it presents a strong minerality highlighted by a full-bodied and well-balanced acidity, forming a strong backbone for the wine. The soft, silky tannins make way for a long aftertaste with notes of menthol and ripe tropical fruits.

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WS 90
Wine Spectator
Intense and oily, exhibiting dried apricot, orange peel and lemon oil notes, with a hint of pine, this is distinctive and complex, offering fine balance and saline length. Drink now through 2019. 500 cases made.
W&S 90
Wine & Spirits
Valter Fissore helped revive this nearly extinct Langhe variety in the early 1990s, and advocated to gain DOC status for nascetta, which was granted in 2010. Fissore keeps the juice in contact with the skins for 18-24 hours, lending a golden color to the wine. Its shy initial aromas build into scents of lemon pith and white peach, and the flavors flesh out into green melon and sage, propelled by a saline streak that keeps the wine fresh. This will improve with age, but it’s delicious now if decanted next to roast pork with mostardo.Wilson Daniels, St. Helena, CA
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Elvio Cogno, Italy
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The Cogno family has been making wine for four generations in Piedmont. In 1990, Elvio Cogno left a long and fruitful partnership with the venerable Barolo producer Marcarini at La Morra and bought a splendid, historic 18th-century farmhouse on the top of Bricco Ravera, a hill near Novello in the Langhe area. (Novello is one of the 11 communes in which Barolo is produced.) The farm was surrounded by 11 hectares (27.18 acres) of steeply sloped vineyards. Elvio restored the manor, converted the old granaries to wine cellars and founded his eponymous winery. For the next 20 years he devoted himself to the winemaking traditions handed down to him by his father and grandfather.

Elvio, in turn, has now passed the torch to his daughter, Nadia, and her husband, Valter Fissore, who has worked beside Elvio for 25 years. Following in the footsteps of Elvio the maestro, Elvio Cogno winery continues to produce elegant wines without altering the traditions, styles and flavors of the Langhe, with its breathtaking quilted landscape and unique grape varieties.

The Elvio Cogno winery sits at the top of Bricco Ravera, a hill near Novello in the Langhe area of Piedmont, one of the 11 communes in which Barolo is produced. Ravera is the finest cru of Novello, encircling the top of the hill and the winery, reaching a 380-meter (1,246-foot) elevation, with breathtaking views in all directions.

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Set upon a backdrop of the visually stunning Alps, the enchanting and rolling hills of Piedmont are the source of some of the country’s longest-lived and most sought-after wines. Vineyards cover a great majority of the land area—especially in Barolo—with the most prized sites at the top hilltops or on south-facing slopes where sunlight exposure is maximized. Piedmont has a continental climate with hot, humid summers leading to cold winters and precipitation year-round. The reliable autumnal fog provides a cooling effect, especially beneficial for Nebbiolo, Piedmont’s most prestigious variety.

In fact, Nebbiolo is named exactly for the arrival of this pre-harvest fog (called “nebbia” in Italian), which prolongs cluster hang time and allows full phenolic balance and ripeness. Harvest of Nebbiolo is last among Piedmont's varieties, occurring sometime in October. This grape is responsible for the exalted wines of Barbaresco and Barolo, known for their ageability, firm tannins and hallmark aromas of tar and roses. Nebbiolo wines, despite their pale hue, pack a pleasing punch of flavor and structure; the best examples can require about a decade’s wait before they become approachable. Barbaresco tends to be more elegant in style while Barolo is more powerful. Across the Tanaro River, the Roero region, and farther north, the regions of Gattinara and Ghemme, also produce excellent quality Nebbiolo.

Easy-going Barbera is the most planted grape in Piedmont, beloved for its trademark high acidity, low tannin and juicy red fruit. Dolcetto, Piedmont’s other important red grape, is usually ready within a couple of years of release.

White wines, while less ubiquitous here, should not be missed. Key varieties include Arneis, Cortese, Timorasso, Erbaluce and the sweet, charming Muscat, responsible for the brilliantly recognizable, Moscato d'Asti.

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There are hundreds of white grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles.

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