Cascina Baricchi "Rose delle Casasse" Barbaresco Riserva DOCG 2017 (Piedmont, Italy) - [VM 95] [WS 93]
Cascina Baricchi "Rose delle Casasse" Barbaresco Riserva DOCG 2017 (Piedmont, Italy) - [VM 95] [WS 93]
Cascina Baricchi "Rose delle Casasse" Barbaresco Riserva DOCG 2017 (Piedmont, Italy) - [VM 95] [WS 93]

Cascina Baricchi "Rose delle Casasse" Barbaresco Riserva DOCG 2017
(Piedmont, Italy) - [VM 95] [WS 93]

Regular price $110.00 Sale price $79.97 Save $30.03

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About the Winery:
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

95 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2017 Barbaresco Riserva Rose delle Casasse is a rich, heady wine that is going to need a number of years to come into its own. Time in the glass releases gorgeous aromatics to play off a core of dark red/purplish fruit, spice and licorice notes. There's tons of depth and character, but this is an uncharacteristically reticent 2017. Give this exotic beauty time. The aromatics alone are so inviting." Drink 2024-2037 - Antonio Galloni (Sep 2023)

93 Points - Wine Spectator: 
"This is reaching its sweet spot, with the cherry, plum and floral notes fading a little, giving way to dried fruit, leather, spice and tobacco flavors. Balanced and charming, with dense yet civilized tannins and an expansive finish. Drink now through 2038. 872 cases made." - Bruce Sanderson (Apr 2024)