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Barbera D Alba Bricco Dei Merli Elvio Cogno 2011

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Cogno shows an expert hand with the 2011 Barbera d’Alba Bricco dei Merli. The wine opens with an inky dark appearance and none of the nervous edginess you sometimes find with this grape. Black cherry, tar, dried rosemary and fresh tobacco leaf make for a very enjoyable succession. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016...90" WA 6/13 "A visit to the cellars of Elvio Cogno is always a fascinating learning experience. I had my first taste of a beautifully fresh and fragrant white wine made with the Nascetta grape here a few years ago. The variety was new to many of us then, but thanks to vintner Valter Fissore and his wife Nadia Cogno it is strongly identified with the territory today. More recently, the couple started to produce limited cases of Barbera d’Alba made from pre-phylloxera vines (most more than a century old). That they were able to tap into that ancient genetic patrimony in this well-trodden part of Italy is something of a small miracle. They are also credited with putting the little-known Novello township on the Barolo map.

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Editorial Reviews for Barbera D Alba Bricco Dei Merli Elvio Cogno

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.00 5
09/17/2013

Two green harvests, 70 to 80 quintals per hectare can arrive at 100 with the excellent soil here, 15 days, natural yeast, malo in SS, cold stabilization, one year in slavonian oak, 15 Hl Tight and leathery on the nose with a fine spice note, this is aromatic but not fruity. With a fine plum skin quality early on the palate buffering the cutting acids this is deceptively smooth and polished in the mouth with late arriving herb notes and fine powdery tannins. The acid pops in a big way on the backend with mulberry toned fruit that is succulent and mouthwatering. This is probably pushing the limits of what is a generally acceptable level of acidity but it offers great freshness and classic Barbera cut. 90pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.50 5
09/17/2013

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Cogno shows an expert hand with the 2011 Barbera d’Alba Bricco dei Merli. The wine opens with an inky dark appearance and none of the nervous edginess you sometimes find with this grape. Black cherry, tar, dried rosemary and fresh tobacco leaf make for a very enjoyable succession. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016...90" WA 6/13 "A visit to the cellars of Elvio Cogno is always a fascinating learning experience. I had my first taste of a beautifully fresh and fragrant white wine made with the Nascetta grape here a few years ago. The variety was new to many of us then, but thanks to vintner Valter Fissore and his wife Nadia Cogno it is strongly identified with the territory today. More recently, the couple started to produce limited cases of Barbera d’Alba made from pre-phylloxera vines (most more than a century old). That they were able to tap into that ancient genetic patrimony in this well-trodden part of Italy is something of a small miracle. They are also credited with putting the little-known Novello township on the Barolo map.

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