Tasting Notes: Cherry, Tar, Roses, Licorice
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 farmhouse which was surrounded by vineyards. 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. I had the pleasure of visiting this beautiful, modern facility in 2019. The view is incredible and so were the wines.
The conditions in 2011 were nearly ideal for the long, slow ripening of the nebbiolo in Bricco Pernice. Vibrant acidity lends balance, tension and an ageworthy structure. It's pretty tannic yet elegant and powerful at the same time. The linear palate is coated with flavors of Marasca cherry, crushed strawberry, licorice, aromatic herb, roses, tar, earth, mushroom, white pepper and cool mineral tones. This is an exciting wine to try now for its sheer power and energy, and one to revisit over the next two decades as it continues to evolve.