Cascina delle Rose

Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Tre Stelle, Barbaresco
People: Giovanna Rizzolio & Italo Sobrino, Owners & Winemakers
Viticulture: Practicing Organic


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Giovanna Rizzolio’s family has owned Cascina delle Rose since the 1940s. It was her grandparents, Betrice and Ferdinando, who bought the estate. They fell in love with the countryside scenery: the Rio Sordo Valley with its small train station and the neat vineyards on the hillside. In the background is a string of majestic castles from La Morra to Asti. On the horizon are the Alps from the Monviso to the Monte Rosa.

Although Giovanna’s family made wine as far back as 1948 (she has a few dusty bottles left in her photogenic cellars), her winemaking efforts started with the 1999 vintage. Together with her husband Italo and his sons, Davide and Riccardo, Cascina delle Rose has become one of the stars of the Tre Stelle area of Barbaresco. The crafted wines are beautiful and feminine; they shine for their light and silky tannins.

The total holdings for Cascina delle Rose are 3.6 hectares of vines and production has reached 20,000 bottles. She has parcels in Rio Sordo and the neighboring appellation Tre Stelle. These two crus are often cited as producing among the lightest and earliest maturing Barbaresco wines. Cascina delle Rose owns 1.5 hectares in the 15-hectare Tre Stelle cru. Organic viticulture is employed. The soil is of marine origin from the tertiary era and is characterized by bluish marls (from 1 to 3 meters deep) and by a calcareous nature. The stratification is dense and varied, rich in minerals and natural springs.

Harvest is done by hand. Grapes are softly pressed. The Dolcetto skins stay in contact with the must for about 7-9 days. The Nebbiolo and Barbera skins stay in contact with the must for about 10-20 days. Malolactic fermentation occurs at a constant temperature of 20°C. Wine is not filtered or fined. Dolcetto d’Alba and Langhe Nebbiolo vinify in stainless steel only. Nebbiolo for Barbaresco and Barbera mature in big Slavonian oak casks.

The Wines and Foods of Piedmont by Tom Hyland 2016
"Giovanna Rizzolio, along with her husband Italo Sobrino and their sons Davide and Giovanni, manage Cascina delle Rose, a splendid Barbareso estate situated in the Rio Sordo sottozona. The wines produced at this firm, from Dolcetto and Langhe Nebbiolo to their cru Barbaresco-Rio Sordo and Tre Stelle, are exceptional, offering outstanding varietal purity as well as a dedicated sense of place. Rizzolio is a captivating individual who is both a wonderful host at her bed and breakfast at the estate, as well as a very opinionated woman who has specific ideas about many subjects, be it winemaking or local bureaucracy." 12/2014
"(On 2012 Vintage) These are two very pretty Barbarescos from Cascina delle Rose and proprietor Giovanna Rizzolio. Both Barbarescos are aged in cask in a tiny cellar under the family's home, which is also a charming agriturismo. The wines reflect an understated, traditional aesthetic that prizes subtlety over power." 10/2014
"Over the last few years, Cascina delle Rose has emerged as one of the most pleasant surprises in Piedmont. When I first visited, about ten years ago, the wines were often pretty, but also somewhat inconsistent. It's great to see the recent focus on quality that has marked the estate's more recent releases. Readers who appreciate classically built Barbarescos will find plenty to admire."


  • Cascina delle Rose 2012 Barbaresco, Rio Sordo, DOCG
    Rating: 92 (12/1/2015)

    The 2012 Barbaresco Rio Sordo is dark, ample and expressive on the palate, with a lovely center of fruit and terrific overall balance. Hints of smoke, tobacco, dried herbs and menthol wrap around a core of succulent black cherries in a forward, juicy Barbaresco to drink now and over the next decade or so.
  • Cascina delle Rose 2012 Barbaresco, Tre Stelle, DOCG
    Rating: 92 (12/1/2015)

    The 2012 Barbaresco Tre Stelle is soft, open-knit and quite pretty. Sweet tobacco, spices, dried cherries, crushed flowers, menthol and leather lift from the glass. The 2012 is not super-complex, but it does capture all of the charm of Barbaresco from this part of town. Delicate and accessible, this mid-weight Barbaresco is likely to offer its best drinking sooner rather than later. The Tre Stelle is a bit brighter and more focused than the Rio Sordo tasted alongside it, while the silky finish reinforces an overall impression of gracefulness.
  • Cascina delle Rose 2012 Barbaresco, Tre Stelle, DOCG
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (10/31/2016)

    Bright cherry and raspberry fruit notes are at the core of this pretty red, while floral and tobacco accents add depth. Stays focused and vibrant through the lingering aftertaste. Best from 2018 through 2030. 350 cases made.
  • Cascina delle Rose 2013 Barbaresco, Rio Sordo, DOCG
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (1/31/2017)

    Both Rio Sordo and Tre Stelle are located in the Barbaresco township. The 2013 Barbaresco Rio Sordo is a slightly more expressive wine next to its cousin from the Tre Stelle cru. This wine offers more depth and latitude with a slightly softer and more approachable style. I would drink the Rio Sordo in the near term (the next five years) but wait longer to see where Tre Stelle's evolution takes it. This Nebbiolo offers dark tones with dried cherry, tar and licorice.
  • Cascina delle Rose 2013 Barbaresco, Tre Stelle, DOCG
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (1/31/2017)

    The 2013 Barbaresco Tre Stelle presents a classic, if somewhat subdued, portrait of Nebbiolo and the Barbaresco territory. The wine is austere and tight with black fruit, dried cherry, tar, grilled spice and cola. The aromatic delivery is tight and vertical in approach. In terms of mouthfeel, this wine wraps thickly over the palate with more dark fruit flavors dispensed along the way.
  • Cascina delle Rose 2013 'Donna Elena' Barbera d'Alba Superiore DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 87 (1/31/2017)

    The 2013 Barbera d'Alba Superiore Donna Elena is a thick and dark red wine with a bouquet that is a little rough in places. The wine boasts an evident level of ripe fruit and blackberry jam, but other aromas of tar, spice, autumnal leaf and till earth also emerge from the bouquet with vigor. A pretty blast of menthol-like freshness tips the scales back into this wine's favor.
  • Cascina delle Rose 2012 Barbaresco, Rio Sordo, DOCG
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (1/31/2017)

    The 2012 Barbaresco Rio Sordo is a tonic and firm expression of Nebbiolo with a beautiful, light color and crunchy definition. The mouthfeel is elegant and nuanced with satin-like texture. This is a beautiful wine that is drinking beautifully right now.
  • Cascina delle Rose 2012 Barbaresco, Tre Stelle, DOCG
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (1/31/2017)

    Representing a small departure from Cascina delle Rose's previous releases, the 2012 Barbaresco Tre Stelle shows a greater emphasis on structure and mouthfeel. The effect creates a long-term wine that should stand up to another five to ten years of aging. The wine's color is slightly more saturated and the bouquet delivers dark fruit, cassis and licorice.