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Cascina delle Rose, Barbaresco Rio Sordo, 2018

$74.99
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One of the first women-run estates in Piedmont, they have been crafting -- in tiny quantities -- beautiful, traditional and artisanal Barbaresos from just two Crus each year. The Rio Sordo is the more powerful and longer-lived of the two, but still boasts a feminine side and we find the 2018 to be particularly inviting and drinkable.

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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.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 94
"A release of about 3,000 bottles, the 2018 Barbaresco Rio Sordo shows the finesse and delicate fruit that is so well expressed by this estate. The bouquet is redolent of rose hip and crushed flowers, and you get cassis, wild cherry and dried pomegranate as well. There is a giant layer of minty herb, and then the wine finally relaxes with polished tones of crushed stone and white licorice. Cascina delle Rose makes a fine bottle of Barbaresco."

What importer Polaner Selections has to say about this wine...

VINTAGE 2018
BOTTLE SIZES 750 ML, 1.5 L
COUNTRY Italy
REGION Piedmont
APPELLATION Barbaresco
WINE TYPE Red
VARIETALS
Nebbiolo
ORGANIC
Certified
VINEYARD
Rio Sordo in Barbaresco.
SOIL
Calcareous limestone with sand.
VITICULTURE
No chemical herbicides. Hand harvested. Vineyard planted in 1978.
VINIFICATION
The 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.
AGING
In 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.
PRODUCTION
Only 142 cases of 12 produced!

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Nebbiolo

  • Vintage

    2018

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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