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.
What importer Polaner Selections has to say about this wine...
VINEYARDTre Stelle in Barbaresco.SOILCalcareous limestone with sand.VITICULTURENo herbicides (only manual) and they only use a minimal amount of copper and sulfur in the vineyard - aiming towards as minimal an environmental impact as possible.VINIFICATIONFermented with skins for three weeks with remontage.AGINGAged in Slavonian botti of 10-20HL for 18 months followed by time in the bottle before release. No clarification or filtering before bottling.