Cascina delle Rose

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


Cascina delle Rose 2015 'Donna Elena' Barbera d'Alba Superiore DOC Login WA 90
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Cascina delle Rose 2015 Barbaresco, Rio Sordo, DOCG Login AG 92+ WA 92 In Stock
Cascina delle Rose 2015 Barbaresco, Tre Stelle, DOCG Login AG 93 WA 91 WE 94 <1 Case
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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 1992 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 4 hectares of vines and production has reached 24,000 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 2.5 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 Riccardo, 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."

Vinous 10/2018
"Back then [2004], proprietor Giovanna Rizzolio did everything herself. She had a bed and breakfast business to look after and two small children to raise, while her husband pursued a corporate career. The wines could only get limited attention. Some were terrific, others less so. Fast forward to today. Those two children, Davide and Riccardo, are now grown up and focused just on farming and making wine. The estate's classically proportioned wines spend around 25 days on the skins and 18-20 months in cask. Cascina delle Rose is without question one of the emerging estates in Barbaresco. Readers who have not tasted these wines should make a point of doing so, as they encapsulate everything that makes Barbaresco so alluring."

Vinous 12/2015
"(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."

Vinous 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 2015 Barbaresco, Rio Sordo, DOCG
    Rating: 92+ (10/19/2018)

    The 2015 Barbaresco Rio Sordo is darker and more muscular than the Tre Stelle tasted alongside it. Powerful and virile in feel, the Rio Sordo is a super-expressive, classically austere Barbaresco that is going to need at least a few years in bottle to come into its own. A host of dark, spiced, balsamic-infused notes develop in the glass, but the Rio Sordo remains reticent. Potent tannins add to an impression of gravitas. There is plenty to look forward to.
  • Cascina delle Rose 2015 Barbaresco, Tre Stelle, DOCG
    Rating: 93 (10/18/2018)

    Cascina delle Rose's 2015 Barbaresco Tre Stelle is gorgeous, perfumed and beautifully lifted. Crushed flowers, dried cherry, tobacco, sage, leather and menthol are all laced together in a silky, mid-weight Barbaresco that will be hard to resist, even in its youth. The 2015 is not an obvious wine, but rather a Barbaresco that is all about understatement and pure class. Hints of sweet tobacco, menthol, licorice and savory herbs grace the silky finish.
  • Cascina delle Rose 2015 'Donna Elena' Barbera d'Alba Superiore DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (8/31/2018)

    Here's a warm vintage loved by the Barbera grape. The 2015 Barbera d'Alba Superiore Donna Elena is very smooth and silky in texture with lots of dark fruit to accompany your senses. Despite the exuberance of the fruit, this remains an elegant and subdued expression of Barbera to pair with chicken with rosemary and roasted potatoes.
  • Cascina delle Rose 2015 Barbaresco, Rio Sordo, DOCG
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (8/31/2018)

    Cascina delle Rose is a winery that deserves your attention. It is specialized in very classic, elegant and fine expressions of Nebbiolo executed according to local tradition. The 2015 Barbaresco Rio Sordo walks with delicate footsteps. In a vintage that shows many overripe wines from this appellation, Cascina delle Rose gets it right. You do, however, feel the 14.5% alcohol on the finish.
  • Cascina delle Rose 2015 Barbaresco, Tre Stelle, DOCG
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (8/31/2018)

    The 2015 Barbaresco Tre Stelle is a balanced and well-tempered expression of Nebbiolo. This pretty wine opens to bright aromas of blue violets, rose hip and forest berry. The main theme here is finesse, and it is fully explored from start to finish, from nose to palate. This is a lean-bodied wine with silky, long intensity.
  • Cascina delle Rose 2015 Barbaresco, Tre Stelle, DOCG
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 94 (2/1/2019)

    (Cellar Selection) Delicate tantalizing scents of woodland berry, rose petal, iris and exotic spice mingle with new leather and a balsamic whiff of cedar. The palate is ethereal, delivering cranberry, red cherry, star anise, brown pepper and crushed herb alongside tight fine-grained tannins. It's still youthfully austere and needs time to come around and develop even more complexity. Drink 2025–2035.