Cascina delle Rose

Barbaresco, to a much greater extent than Barolo, is home to many small, family-owned producers who fly under the radar due to their size. Cascina delle Rose is one of them, with just three hectares of land dedicated to vines.

They make traditional, highly aromatic and decidedly elegant Barbarescos that are often described as feminine. Comparisons with Chambolle Musigny are apt. The farming is organic and the wine-making is straightforward and hands off. Aging is entirely in large, neutral Slavonian casks.

They release just two Barbarescos, and both are single Crus. They are the only producer to release a Tre Stelle single vineyard, and the wine from that Cru is always focused, floral, raspberry-tinged, and very much on the drinkable side of Barbaresco. The Rio Sordo is a little more beastly, with more structure and an earthy side.