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...
VINTAGE 2018BOTTLE SIZES 750 ML, 1.5 LCOUNTRY ItalyREGION PiedmontAPPELLATION BarbarescoWINE TYPE RedVARIETALSNebbioloORGANICCertifiedVINEYARDRio Sordo in Barbaresco.SOILCalcareous limestone with sand.VITICULTURENo chemical herbicides. Hand harvested. Vineyard planted in 1978.VINIFICATIONThe skins remained in contact with the must during the first fermentation that lasted for 12-14 days, followed by a submerged cap maceration. After the alcoholic fermentation, malo-lactic fermentation was completed in the cellar at temperature of 20° C.AGINGIn traditional Slavonian oak cask of 10-17 hl for 22 months and matured in the bottle for at least 8 months. No filtration or clarification before bottling.PRODUCTIONOnly 142 cases of 12 produced!