Stellina follows up on the resounding success of our December wine dinner with an evening devoted to a winery from Italy’s northern Piedmont region that has not once, not twice, but thrice been named as Wine and Spirits Magazine’s WINERY OF THE YEAR! Join us on Thursday February 22 at 6:30 for a multi-course dinner paired with the amazing wines of ELVIO COGNO.
We will pour five of Cogno’s best wines, including three that are found almost no where else in the world: A white grape whose story has been lost in time, a red from vines over 100 years old, and a new breed of Barolo made in the good, old fashioned way.
This event will include five courses of Piedmont-inspired cuisine, plus detailed commentary from the popular industry representative, Mr. Mark Fratto of M.S. Walker.
Cost for this dinner is $65. per person, which includes all five courses of food and wine. Reservations are required. Please call Stellina at 617-924-9475 to make your reservations in person, in order to insure prompt confirmation.
WARM GRILLED VEGETABLES AL TONNATO
BEET PASTA E BAGNA CAUDA
BAKED GNOCCHI WITH WALNUTS AND ROBIOLA
WILD GAME PATE EN CROUTE IN WILD MUSHROOM BRODO
GRILLED STRIP STEAK WITH RED WINE RISOTTO, SHAVED REGGIANO
lvio Cogno was 60 years old when he decided to start from zero. He rolled up his sleeves and began reconstruction work on the farmhouse. After acquiring the vineyards in Ravera, he began to experiment.
The Cogno production philosophy is traditional, which includes long fermentation and aging in large barrels. Their relationship with the earth, however, is innovative. They seek to understand the depths of that elusive concept of terroir, strengthening the rapport between viticulturists, vines, earth, and environment — a mix of factors that is translated into elegant, smooth, and characteristic wines.
The Elvio Cogno Winery produces the principle wines of the Langhe. The winery owns about fifteen hectares of vineyard property in Novello, one of eleven townships in the province of Cuneo in which Barolo DOCG production is allowed.
The hills are world-renowned for their history, culture, and beauty, and they were recently recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage. In the footsteps of its founder Elvio Cogno, today Nadia Cogno and Valter Fissore direct the winery with four generations of winemakers and vine growers, dedicated to obtaining excellence that begins with the unique terroir to create wines that are famous throughout the world for their elegance, texture, and balance.
“…my absolute favorite was Elvio Cogno, a small producer whose family vineyard and winery is located just outside the village of Barolo…. I love the 2012 Anass-Cetta; it’s my new favorite Italian white varietal…The 2011 “Pre-Phylloxera” Barbera d’Alba was a fun wine to taste; very earthy and intense. He doesn’t make this every year….In all of Elvio Cogno’s Barolos I get a wonderful violet floral note. the 2009 Cascina Nuova comes from the youngest vineyards and shows earth, tar and leather along with balanced tannins.”
– Mary Orlin, Huffpost
del Comune di Novello DOC “Anas-Cëtta”
An enological discovery that wants to become the great white of the Langhe
The most unusual and even most typical native variety of Novello, yet perhaps least-known, is not Barolo, as many believe; it is Nascetta, a white Piedmontese variety that emerges from a troubled, though fascinating, past. For a long time, this was a forgotten wine, made from just a few, meager rows of vineyard. It nearly went the way of extinction. It was a true enological discovery, its lost fate saved only by the foresight of several producers, including Elvio Cogno.
Straw-yellow in color with golden highlights. The nose is fine and elegant with just the right intensity. It exudes complex, lingering scents of wild flowers, herbs, citrus, and exotic fruits. The bouquet suggests acacia honey, sage, and rosemary.
Anas-Cëtta is a historical wine of the township of Novello. Since the first limited production made in 1994, working with tenacity and love for the land of the Langhe, the Elvio Cogno winery has used the memories of old-timers in Novello to produce a wine for the youngsters of the 21st century.
Mentioned in winemaking documents as early as the second half of the 19th century, this white wine with Mediterranean origins has a sapidity reminiscent of the great hot-climate varieties such as Vermentino (from which, according to some ampelographic studies, it may derive).
91 points- Robert Parker
Barbera d’Alba DOC “Pre-Phylloxera”
“Finding a pre-Phylloxera plant was my personal goal. It’s a tribute to Elvio Cogno, who made great wines in the same area where our un-grafted vineyard is today.” Valter Fissore
Pre Phylloxera refers to the time before the phylloxera pest entered Europe from America in 1860 and nearly drove viticulture to extinction.To save vineyards, producers grafted the fruiting vine of their local varieties onto American rootstock, which was not affected by the catastrophic effects of the tiny parasite.
Elvio Cogno’s Pre Phylloxera Barbera epresents one of the few survivors of that scourge. The vines it comes from are one of the rare examples of native rootstock in the Langhe. Its trunks, twisted and contorted magnificently, are an open air museum of viticulture from a long time ago, sculptures of nature over 120 years old.
Valter Fissore pursued this rare wine with a passion and, in 2010, was able to produce it when he acquired the old Berri vineyard near La Morra. Here, the climate, position, and other natural characteristics prevented the development of phylloxera. At Berri, the soil is, in fact, not calcareous-clayey like much of the Langhe, but sandier and with a high percentage of iron that contributed to protecting the plants from phylloxera.
The Barbera that comes from these vines, after a very low yield, has unique characteristics.
Elegant, smooth, and balanced, with an excellent drinkability, it distinguishes itself with its dense, full body, intense palate, and refined character.
A bright, rich ruby color with intense purplish highlights. The aroma is enveloping, aromatic, and deep with noticeable spices on first impact and raspberry, strawberry, and ripe cherry notes. Finishing with pleasant harmonies of wild flowers. On the palate, it is well structured, fresh, and has a supremely-balanced acidity. The tannins are enveloping and the flavors are reminiscent of sour cherries, blackberries, and prunes.
Produced from one of the last archaic vines of the Langhe area, an open air museum of viticulture from a time gone by, the plants are over one hundred years old. The vines are not grafted but propagated through cuttings, thus maintaining, over the decades, the original Barbera characteristics.
The vineyard has an excellent exposure and sandy-chalky terrain, situated in Berri near La Morra, which guaranteed the vines a natural protection from Phylloxera and imparts unique and exclusive characteristics to the vines. The intriguing simplicity of the vines and their typical, traditional charm that derives from the microclimate and favorable altitude make a one-of-a-kind wine
Langhe Nebbiolo DOC “Montegrilli”
Deep ruby red in color with a slight orange edge. Harmonious, well-balanced aroma, a pleasant blend of floral, fruity, and soft spicy scents, with a finish of rose, violet, and vanilla. Fresh, lively bouquet, with harmonious tannins and alcohol and balanced acidity. Soft, elegant, and full-bodied with a very long aftertaste. Redolent of freshly macerated red berries, raspberry, and redcurran
Nebbiolo has always been one of the most beautiful grapes of the Langhe, able to express new nuances and emotions to those who cultivate and vinify it with respect. It is a meaningful gift and great ambassador of its land of origins. Montegrilli is born in the vineyards with the objective of becoming a genuine and focused wine that shows the true personality of the nebbiolo grape.
With this in mind, we produce a wine without any aging in wood in order to differentiate it clearly from Barolo, creating a product with great immediacy and drinkability.
90+points- Robert Parker
Barbaresco DOCG “Bordini”
Ruby red in color with light garnet highlights. Great finesse on the nose, harmonious and complex. Sensations of ripe red fruit—typical of nebbiolo—with spicy undertones.
Enveloping tannins, great elegance, and persistence on the palate
Our production range is rounded off by this great expression of the nebbiolo grape. Like Cogno’s other wines, the Barbaresco is also elegant and structured, but with a fiercely independent character. This isn’t a Barbaresco out to imitate its cousin Barolo, but a wine that demands respect for its full, strong identity, both in the vineyard and in the cellar. Here we have a Barolo producer going against the grain to gamble on Barbaresco; instead of keeping a distance, Cogno grabs the chance to come to terms with a historical wine that is another supreme expression of the Langhe hills.
93 points-Robert Parker
Barolo DOCG “Cascina Nuova”
A wine made to satisfy the curiosity of consumers who are keen to have a more immediate understanding of Barolo, this wine is bright garnet red in color with orange tints. Pleasing and immediate, it offers scents of flowers and light, delicate spices. The bouquet is agreeably rounded, with just the right balance between pleasantness and elegance. The aftertaste is very harmonious with a long, mineral, aromatic finish.
Barolo Cascina Nuova shows that even the youngest vineyards can produce an excellent Barolo, albeit easily accessible, more immediate, and of wider appeal. Aimed at a broader public that wants to get to know the wine gradually before moving on to more complex examples, it might even be defined as an educational Barolo. A point of departure for the wine drinking experience, it also ensures excellent value for money.
True to the history of great wines and the Langhe tradition, Valter and Nadia see Barolo as a select assemblage of grapes from the best vineyards, carefully drawing out the best each has to offer. This is a wine that manages to reflect all the character of a major terroir.
93 points- Robert Parker