2011 Elvio Cogno Barolo 'Cascina Nuova'
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $39.94 (reg. $54.94)
"[Cogno] continues their ascent into the upper echelon of Barolo producers...the Cogno Barolos have been fabulous for a number of years, but with each passing year they seem to get better and better." - Antonio Galloni
The deal is clear. The 2011 Elvio Cogno Barolo Cascina Nuova is arguably one of the steals of the vintage, outscoring high profile single vineyard wines from illustrious producers such as Giacosa, Sandrone, Vietti and Voerzio at a fraction of the price. And today we have this “fresh and pure” gem for under $40 – the lowest price in the nation!
Proprietors Nadia Cogno and her husband, Valter Fissore, “have been on tear of late, and show no signs whatsoever of slowing down,” per Galloni. Despite that, Cogno has managed to fly under the radar, which is a plus for us as it translates to killer prices. That might not last, as not only is this deal sure to draw attention, Galloni has also anticipated their rising popularity, noting that “It's great to see these wines finally getting the recognition they so richly deserve."
The estate, “perched atop Ravera, one of the most intriguing sites in Piedmont,” (AG), is composed of steep, limestone-rich soils, which produce stunningly charming and radiant Barolos vintage after vintage. Their 2011 ‘Cascina Nuvoa’ is true to form, praised as “one of the more brilliant Barolos of the vintage” (AG), and your sale price makes this a terrific score.
If you’re already a fan of Barolo, you’ll definitely want to lock this one in quantity – the vintage delivers tons of charm and has some early appeal (though don’t hesitate to lay this down to watch it evolve over the next 10-15 years). If you’re a newcomer to the Piedmont scene, this is an outstanding place to start without having to shell out the big bucks, and you it’s just starting to come into form. Whatever the case may be, you’ll be pleased either way to have some of this on hand for many years to come. Cheers!