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.
Compelling aromas of fragrant blue flower, red berry, crushed herb, new leather and tilled earth shape the nose. On the savory, full-bodied palate, taut, fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity frame flavors of ripe Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, licorice and tobacco. It's young but already boasts a fantastic combination of elegance and structure. Drink 2022–2030.
Valter Fissore began making this wine in 2006 to prove to himself that he could make Barbaresco in the same elegant style that characterizes his four Barolos from Novello. He succeeded brilliantly in the warm, sunny 2015 vintage with a violet-scented wine that is taut and vibrant, brimming with flavors of ripe cherry and fresh herbs. The tannins are refined, the flavors layered and persistent, and the focused aromas practically jump out of the glass. Delicious now, it has the balance and verve to age gracefully for a decade.
Although Cogno are better known for their Barolos, they also produce a Barbaresco from 1ha in Neive. The nose is still muted, with discreet raspberry aromas. The palate is fresh, vibrant and concentrated, showing zest as well as weight. There's plenty of energy and drive here, followed by a long, forceful finish.
A top note of mint augments the cherry, strawberry, eucalyptus and tar flavors in this austere red. Assertive tannins gird the finish, yet this remains long and finds equilibrium in the end. Best from 2023 through 2035.