Elvio Cogno May Sale 5-15-24

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Vinopolis Close-Out Sale Featurette: Luigi Giordano

Elvio Cogno: Benchmark in Barolo
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“Of the many great contributions made by the winemaking team at Elvio Cogno, perhaps the greatest is the importance they brought to the Ravera cru of Novello. Little-known before their efforts, this vineyard has risen in high regard in recent years and continues to show impressive potential.” -Monica Larner, Wine Advocate
Elvio Cogno put the Ravera cru on the map. He was born and raised in Novello, the village associated with the famous vineyard. Elvio comes from a long line of grape growers in the region. He was the first in his line to turn the dream of winemaking into a reality.
For years, he collaborated with Marcarini (including crafting the legendary 1964 vintage from the Brunate vineyard, one of the first Barolos released as a single vineyard). In 1990, he purchased Cascina Nuova, an underperforming but historic estate, and started making classically-styled wines under his own name from the Ravera cru.

The resulting stupendous wines prompted a rush on land in Novello and in the cru of Ravera in particular. His masterpieces elevated the region as a whole, no easy task for an already famous region. No wineries in Novello have surpassed the well-deserved fame of Elvio Cogno.
Though the original master passed away in 2016, the estate is in the able hands of his daughter and son-in-law, Nadia Cogno and Valter Fissore (winemaker since 1996). From their entry level “Cascina Nuova” Barolo up to the Riservas from the choicest holdings, these are wines that will appeal to every lover of Barolo. A don’t miss offer.

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Discount ends Saturday, May 18th at 9 am Pacific
We offer six in-stock wines from Elvio Cogno, including:
Elvio Cogno Montegrilli Langhe Rosso 2019 750ml Displayed Price: $28, that’s $26.60 at 5% off and $25.20 at 10% off, 7 bottles in stock now
Monica Larner-Wine Advocate 92+ points
“This is a terrific Piedmont red to pair with a classic quiche Lorraine. The Elvio Cogno 2019 Langhe Nebbiolo Montegrilli is a delicate and fragile expression with bright accents of chopped mint and medicinal herb that hover over a core of wild cherry and dried raspberry. The wine delivers soft and smooth aromas that define the character of this pretty wine. Dusty tannins and some lingering mineral notes frame a polished finish. A portion of the wine sees whole-cluster fermentation, and winemaking is straightforward in stainless steel. Some 10,000 bottles were released.”
Elvio Cogno Barolo Cascina Nuova, Barolo DOCG 2018 750ml Displayed Price: $59, that’s $56.05 at 5% off and $53.10 at 10% off, 35 bottles in stock now
Kerin O’Keefe-Wine Enthusiast 94 points
“Floral aromas of rose and iris mingle with red berry and tilled earth on this perfumed red. Elegantly structured, the vibrant palate offers juicy red cherry, crushed raspberry and star anise before a savory, almost salty finish. Taut, refined tannins and bright acidity keep it balanced. Drink through 2030.”
Monica Larner-Wine Advocate 93 points “The 2018 Barolo Cascina Nuova is fine-tuned with plenty of wild berry, cassis, grilled herb and crushed stone. The aromas are quite classic for Nebbiolo, but what stands out here is the directness and freshness with which they are delivered. The tannins are tucked carefully inside the smooth, silky character of this elegant wine.”
Elvio Cogno Ravera, Barolo DOCG 2017 750ml Displayed Price: $94.50, that’s $89.78 at 5% off and $85.05 at 10% off, 30 bottles in stock now
Jeb Dunnuck 97 points
“The 2017 Barolo Ravera makes a statement with its intense aromas of licorice, kirsch, pipe tobacco, and spice. Revealing a balanced and chiseled structure, the palate conveys dried raspberry, blood orange, and dried herbs. A great wine from the 2017 vintage, it feels like it will hold up to the test of time. Drink 2024-2042”
Monica Larner-Wine Advocate 94 points “The Ravera cru is seeing renewed energy and interest, thanks to the hard work of the Elvio Cogno team. They believed in Novello from the very beginning, and today a wine like the 2017 Barolo Ravera shows special confidence and pride. This pretty Barolo made with a blend of Nebbiolo clones (Lampia and Michet) reveals a slow succession of aromas with dark cherry and blackberry. The results are lasting, contoured and beautifully focused, thanks to mineral notes of rusty iron or brick. Nuanced notes of licorice and campfire ash round off the finish.” Monica Larner
Elvio Cogno Ravera, Barolo DOCG 2018 750ml Displayed Price: $94.50, that’s $89.78 at 5% off and $85.05 at 10% off, 12 bottles in stock now
Monica Larner-Wine Advocate 94 points
“The Elvio Cogno 2018 Barolo Ravera is becoming one of the most important wines in Novello, and it performs very nicely in this more challenging vintage. In fact, 2018 helps to cement Ravera’s steadfast reputation precisely because it performs so well despite spells of humidity and heat. The wine shows small-berry detailing with rust and crushed stone at the back. There is a point of bitterness that accompanies the tannins of this full-bodied wine. Production is 15,000 bottles”
2015 is a vintage known for its elegance and balance in Barolo, producing wines of both heft and grace that exemplify Barolo’s image of “A sword wrapped in velvet”. These are benchmark Barolos. The tannins are polished without any of the aggression that can sometimes be seen in warmer vintages of Barolo, and are just now beginning to unfold into their drinking window. With the amount of evolution that occurs in the glass, Bricco Pernice is a complete masterpiece for the cellar!  
Elvio Cogno Ravera Bricco Pernice, Barolo DOCG 2015 750ml Displayed Price: $99, that’s $94.05 at 5% off and $89.10 at 10% off, 36+ bottles in stock now
Kerin O’Keefe-Wine Enthusiast 97 points
“Cellar Selection. Enticing scents of rose, iris, perfumed berry and an earthy whiff of truffle shape the fragrant nose on this dazzling wine. The delicious, full-bodied palate boasts structure and a weightless elegance, delivering juicy Marasca cherry, cherry compote, cinnamon and star anise. Taut polished tannins and fresh acidity provide balance and an elegant structure. It’s already irresistible but will also age well for years. Drink 2022–2035.”
Monica Larner-Wine Advocate 96 points “The Elvio Cogno 2015 Barolo Ravera Bricco Pernice delivers the depth, richness and concentration that are a hallmark of this pretty vintage. This wine is a pure expression of the productive Lampia clone of Nebbiolo. Generous layers of blackberry, wild cherry, rose hip, ferrous earth and campfire ash are neatly folded together to build the wine’s intensity. Like the other wines from this estate, the tannic management is spot-on. You are aware of the wine’s youthful structure, but it is delivered without hard edges or sharp points. A mere 4,000 bottles were produced.”
Elvio Cogno Ravera Bricco Pernice, Barolo DOCG 2017 750ml Displayed Price: $119, that’s $113.05 at 5% off and $107.10 at 10% off, 17 bottles in stock now
Monica Larner-Wine Advocate 95 points
“This is a medium-bodied Nebbiolo from a hot vintage with a ruby-tinged appearance. The 2017 Barolo Ravera Bricco Pernice shows generous inner fiber and richness with dried cherry, blackberry, plum and dark spice. Fruit for this wine comes from a beautiful amphitheater of vines with the perched town of Novello high up on the skyline. I love the especially smooth and soft quality to what is a powerful and lasting wine. Only 3,500 bottles were made.”
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Vinopolis Close-Out Sale Featurette:
Luigi Giordano’s Profoundly Underpriced Asili

Luigi Giordano is a small, family-owned winery producing elegant and classically wines in the heart of Barbaresco. Established in the 1930s, it wasn’t until 1958 that the founder’s son, Luigi, vinified the fruit under his name. Today, Luigi, his daughter Laura, and his grandson Matteo run the operation.
Sourcing from some of the region’s most celebrated vineyards, including Asili and Montestefano, Giordano’s wines are consistently excellent. Fortunately for you, Giordano remains a bit of an insider’s secret, so their prices have not kept up with the quality we’re seeing from the estate, even in hot vintages. Their wines are both thought provoking and accessible with the classic sandy tannins of Barbaresco against fabulous length on the finish.
In Stock & On Sale Now:
Luigi Giordano Asili, Barbaresco DOCG 2015 750ml Was $59, Now $49 special, 14 bottles in stock now
Decanter 92 points
“From vines planted in 2000, this has a red fruit nose that’s not very expressive presently, but the palate is fresh and limpid with very ripe fruits but with no sweetness showing, thanks to the lively acidity. It has some tension, persistence and style, with a long finish. “Importer Note “Definite garnet red colour enriched with delicate orange highlights on ageing; ample and intense perfume with good floral and fruit jammy notes plus ethereal hints ofspices. The flavour is dry, full, elegant and aristocratic. Traditional red wine maceration for 12-15 days with ferment-ation in temperature controlled stainless steel vats using frequent pumping-over. The wine is aged for at least 18-24 months in large (30-50 hectolitre) barrels of Slavonian oak, then refined in horizont-ally-placed bottles for another 6 months.”
This is the only listing in the USA today!
We offer 208 wines on our close-out sale, including gems from the Spanish producer Avancia, Rhone producer Declaux, and Tuscan producer Isole e Olena. Shop the list here!

Don’t miss our additional sales going on now:
Domaine Huet
5% off any 4-8 bottles of in-stock Huet wines
10% off any 9+ bottles of in-stock Huet wines
Cascina delle Rose
5% off any 4-8 bottles of in-stock Cascina delle Rose wines
10% off any 9+ bottles of in-stock Cascina delle Rose wines

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Huet ends Thursday, May 16th at 9 am Pacific. Cascina delle Rose sale ends Friday, May 17th at 9 am Pacific.