Cascina delle Rose Barbaresco Tre Stelle 2017
Bright garnet red with orange highlights, live and balanced tannins, notes of roses and violets, ripe plum, licorice, tobacco and chocolate. Great character, undoubted delicacy and femininity blend together for a long-lived wine and amazing pleasure even from young, thanks to the weave of the slick and silky tannins. The finish is spicy with elegant ethereal notes. Remarkable persistence.
This Barbaresco goes well with game meat and blue cheese, but also young is a perfect partner on every tables.
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Delicate scents of rose petal, blue flowers, woodland berry and forest floor shape the nose along with whiffs of camphor and tobacco on this fragrant red. Loaded with elegance, the focused, savory palate delivers juicy red cherry, blood orange and licorice alongside taut, polished tannins.
Tre Selle and Rio Sordo are the two adjacent vineyards farmed by Cascina delle Rose. This boutique, family-run winery is happy with results in 2017, although this vintage was characterized by three full months with no rain. Giovanna Rizzolio's family farm measures under two hectares in Tre Stelle. Their 2017 Barbaresco Tre Stelle boasts an open personality with medium concentration and build. The bouquet reveals pretty floral and fruity tones. Tre Stelle plays strong cards in terms of mouthfeel, with dark Nebbiolo fruit and spice flavors supported by a firm textural backbone. There are some dusty mineral notes on the close.
In the immediate post-war period my grandparents Beatrice and Ferdinando fell in love with this house and its singular view on the natural spectacle of hills up to the amazing setting of the Alps. I kept splendid memories of games in the wild, of creamy and hot milk just milked, of festive days in the farmyard for threshing wheat, of evening tales during the stripping of corn, of aching knees for the collection of hazelnuts, of large baskets of the harvest and intense smells from the fermentation of the grapes in the vats. In 1974 the need for "real things" moved me definitively to this house, one of my most intense memories. Hence a dream was born: to give continuity to my grandparents' farm. And also the path to serenity and tranquility. Thus began their story ... infinite: the house, the vineyards, the cellar and the family. In 1997 Italo joined me with his children, Davide and Riccardo : their present and their future.
Italian Red Wine
While picturesque hillsides, endless coastlines and a favorable climate serve to unify the grape-growing culture of this country. The apparent never-ending world of indigenous grape varieties gives Italy an unexampled charm and allure for its red wines. From the steep inclines of the Alps to the sprawling, warm, coastal plains of the south, red grape varieties thrive throughout.
The kings of Italy, wines like Barolo and Barbaresco (made of Nebbiolo), and Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino (made of Sangiovese), as well as Amarone (mostly Corvina), play center stage for the most lauded, collected and cellar-worthy reds. Less popular but entirely deserving of as much praise are the wines made from Aglianico, Sagrantino and Nerello Mascalese.
For those accustomed to drinking New World reds, the south is the place to start. Grapes like Negroamaro or Primitvo from Puglia and Nero d’Avola from Sicily make soft, ammicable, full-bodied, fruit-dominant wines. Curious palates should be on the lookout for Cannonau (Grenache), Lagrein, Teroldego, Ruché, Freisa, Cesanese, Schiopettino, Rossese and Gaglioppo to name a few.