Cascina Baricchi "Rose delle Casasse" Barbaresco Riserva DOCG 2016 (Piedmont, Italy) - [VM 94] [JD 93]
Cascina Baricchi "Rose delle Casasse" Barbaresco Riserva DOCG 2016 (Piedmont, Italy) - [VM 94] [JD 93]
Cascina Baricchi "Rose delle Casasse" Barbaresco Riserva DOCG 2016 (Piedmont, Italy) - [VM 94] [JD 93]

Cascina Baricchi "Rose delle Casasse" Barbaresco Riserva DOCG 2016
(Piedmont, Italy) - [VM 94] [JD 93]

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  • With his Barbaresco “Rosé delle Casasse,” proprietor Natale Simonetta’s Cascina Baricchi is today’s standard-bearer for the rare Nebbiolo clone, Nebbiolo Rosé.

  • Winemaking here is utterly traditional, with long macerations and patient aging in neutral barrels. Both Barbarescos are released as Riservas.

Virtually hidden in Piemonte’s rich history is the story of a forgotten cousin of Nebbiolo, called Nebbiolo Rosé. Though a component of many great Barolos and Barbarescos of the past, it suffered from tiny yields and relatively light color—hence the variety’s name. Yet, these deficiencies were more than made up for by the wines’ sensual texture and haunting perfume.

Sadly, Nebbiolo Rosé all but died out, replaced by Nebbiolo clones known for their productivity and deeper color. By the late 1970s, only a handful of producers still grew it, including two giants of the past. One was Vietti’s Alfredo Currado—in Barolo's Briacca cru—and the other was Enrico Giovannini-Moresco, whose Barbaresco Podere del Pajoré was entirely planted to Nebbiolo Rosé. Sadly, neither wine was made after 1982.

Nebbiolo Rosé has developed a cult following in recent years, thanks largely to the occasional old bottle of Giovannini-Moresco’s Barbaresco that surfaces. Yet, few modern Barolos or Barbarescos continue that rich heritage.

Fortunately, Natale Simonetta’s Cascina Barrichi has today emerged as the clone’s great champion. When Natale took over in 1989, the estate was blessed with a parcel of 100+year-old Rosé vines in the historic, but unclassified, Casasse cru. Natale slowly experimented with this variety on its own, releasing only 3 vintages of Rosé delle Casasse before 2010, but the wine’s haunting personality drew him in, and it slowly became the focus of his work.

In the cellar, Natale crushes the grapes by foot for the gentlest extraction possible. He then ferments and macerates for 30+ days, using the ultra-traditional capello sommerso for the last couple weeks. That gives the wine its firm structure. To maximize the wine’s expressiveness, Natale gives it three years aging in used 500 to 800-liter barrels, followed by bottling with a minimum of sulfur.

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - Vinous Media:

“The 2016 Barbaresco Riserva Rose delle Casasse is a fine follow up to the stellar 2015. A bit more austere than its older sibling, the 2016 presents a distinctly savory profile redolent of crushed flowers, herbs, mint, spice, leather and tobacco, while the fruit is pushed into the background. Naturally, it will be interesting to see if some of that inner sweetness emerges in time. A few months separating two tastings suggest that may very well happen. This is such a gorgeous wine. Drink between 2024-2036.” – Antonio Galloni (October 2022)

93 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"The 2016 Barbaresco Riserva Rose Delle Casasse is made entirely from the Rose clone of Nebbiolo and is fresh with wild raspberry, pine, and dark earth. Carrying to the palate with medium body and good concentration, it offers fine tannins and a good finish, with peppery spice and red cherry. Perfectly pairing with salumi and hard cheese, it is refreshing and cleanses the palate nicely. Drink 2023-2040."