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Cascina delle Rose Barbaresco Rio Sordo 2016


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There is an aquifer under the vineyard giving this site its name, the "silent river". Good water accessibility paired with the drainage from calcerious soil and you get an amazinginly consisten wine, concentrated in wet years and lively and fresh in hot years.

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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.

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"More structured than Tre Stelle, this is another intriguing, gorgeous Barbaresco that shows the firm's hallmark of elegance. It opens with aromas of ripe, dark-skinned fruit, truffle, violet, mint and a compelling earthy note suggesting game. On the youthfully austere palate, tightly wound but noble tannins and bright acidity support juicy Marasca cherry, licorice, mint and brown spice. It's already tempting, but give it time to unwind and develop even more complexity." -Kerin O’Keefe


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  • Style

    Earthy , Fruity , Minerally

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  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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