Cascina Chicco Barolo "Rocche di Castelletto" DOCG 2011 (Piedmont, Italy) - [JS 92]

Cascina Chicco Barolo "Rocche di Castelletto" DOCG 2011
(Piedmont, Italy) - [JS 92]


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Notes from the Winemaker:

Tasting Notes:
On the nose, this wine is elegant, with complex notes of raspberry, liquorice, and spices. It is full-bodied, powerful, and balanced by the sweetness of the tannins that characterize its lasting impression on the palate.

Pairing: This is a great wine to pair with important, flavorful meals, like meat roasts and cheeses (best if aged). - Recommended serving temperature: 18° C.

Wine-making:
Because the yield per vine must not exceed 2 kg in this vineyard, two thinnings are done – one at the beginning and one at the end of August.
During harvest, which is done manually by specialized vineyard workers, particular attention is given to the grape sorting. Each plant is harvested twice with a period of 6-10 days in between.

Fermentation:
Lasts 15 days and happens in small, stainless steel tanks with repeated pumping-over for adequate color extraction. Maceration continues after fermentation for a total of 40-45 days. After, the wine is transferred to wood barrels of 2,000, 2,500, and 5,000 liters. Here is where malolactic fermentation begins, as the wine rests for 30 months before being transferred, once again, to stainless steel tanks where it will remain for 8 months. After about 4 years from the date of harvest, the wine is ready to be put on the market.

Technical Data:

Variety of vine: 100% Nebbiolo
Vineyard position: Castelletto, in the township of Monforte d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy. Southwest and west exposure, in a zone particularly well-suited for growing Nebbiolo grapes for Barolo.
Soil: Clayey-limestone
Date of harvest: Second half of October

Ratings & Reviews



92 Points - James Suckling:
"A juicy and delicious Barolo with dried fruit, dried meat and floral character. Full body, soft tannins and a fresh finish. Better in 2018." - (April 13th, 2015)

94 Points - Wine Spectator (2010 Vintage):
"Approachable and delicate, offering rose, cherry, strawberry and mineral aromas and flavors, this firms up on the finish, providing a lingering aftertaste of berry fruit and tea. Best from 2018 through 2032. 2,800 cases made." – BS (Dec 31, 2014)

91 Points - Antonio Galloni (2010 Vintage):
"Sweet tobacco, crushed flowers, mint, licorice and cedar meld together in the 2010 Barolo Rocche di Castelletto. The style is soft, open and approachable for the year, with mid-weight structure and solid overall balance. With time in the glass, the aromatics release, conveying an impression of floreality, finesse and lift, all underpinned by the firm tannins that are so typical of the year. This is a very pretty, nuanced Barolo from Cascina Chicco." - Antonio Galloni (July 2014)

92 Points - James Suckling (2009 vintage):
"Lovely ripe fruit to this with plums and berries and hints of chocolate. Full body, silky tannins and a fresh finish. Drink or hold." -James Suckling (January 13th, 2014)

Antonio Galloni's Vinous (2009 vintage):
"The 2009 Barolo Rocche di Castelletto is an immediate, juicy Barolo with plenty of near term appeal. Dried cherries, menthol, licorice, spices and crushed flowers come together nicely in the glass. Like so many Barolos, the Rocche di Castelletto is a bit forward, but its balance is solid. This is an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years." -Antonio Galloni (October 2013)

Wine Spectator Magazine (2009 vintage):
"Ripe, showing macerated cherry, plum, licorice and violet flavors. Shows a firmness underneath the fruit, with dusty tannins and a lingering aftertaste of briar. A touch dry in the end. Best from 2015 through 2026. 900 cases made." -BS (Web Only - 2013)

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine (2007 vintage):
"From the Monforte d’Alba area of Barolo, this deeply concentrated and rich wine is etched by sharp aromas of licorice, black pepper, red cherry, chocolate, leather and cigar box. The mouthfeel, with its soft, velvety tannins, is particularly pleasurable. Drink after 2015." -ML (9/1/2011)