Cascina delle Rose

Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Tre Stelle, Barbaresco
People: Giovanna Rizzolio & Italo Sobrino, Owners | Brothers Riccardo & Davide Sobrino, Winemakers
Viticulture: Certified Organic


Cascina delle Rose 2020 'Donna Elena' Barbera d'Alba Superiore DOC Login AG 93 WA 93 <1 Case
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Cascina delle Rose 2018 Barbaresco, Tre Stelle, DOCG Login WA 94 WE 94 AG 90
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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.

Vinous 10/2022
Cascina delle Rose is one of the properties in Barbaresco that has considerable potential under the guidance of the new generation, led by brothers Riccardo and Davide Sobrino. These are decidedly deep, textured Barbarescos from a part of the appellation where the wines are often on the lighter side. Submerged cap fermentation, aging in cask and minimal intervention are generally the rules, but it is the Sobrino brothers' youthful energy that has impressed me most of late. I am very much looking forward to seeing how things play out here in future years. The wines I tasted in cask on my most recent visit are very promising.

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."

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 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 2018 Barbaresco, Tre Stelle, DOCG
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (6/17/2021)

    Compared to the Rio Sordo, the Cascina delle Rose 2018 Barbaresco Tre Stelle is slightly more robust and open-knit. This wine shows a more overt concentration that comes across with blackberry and wild cherry. To the palate, it shows a smooth but nicely elaborate texture. There are light touches of crushed stone and even some tobacco on the close. Some 6,000 bottles were released.
  • Cascina delle Rose 2018 Barbaresco, Tre Stelle, DOCG
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 94 (12/12/2021)

    Fragrant and all about finesse, this radiant red offers enticing scents of perfumed red berries, rose, dark spice and crushed botanical herbs. On the extremely elegant, almost ethereal palate, bright acidity and taut, refined tannins accompany tart cherry, blood orange and star anise. A savory, almost salty mineral note lingers on the linear close. Drink 2023-2030.
  • Cascina delle Rose 2018 Barbaresco, Tre Stelle, DOCG
    Rating: 90 (2/15/2022)

    The 2018 Barbaresco Tre Stelle is a mid-weight, beautifully perfumed wine. Silky tannins and mid-weight structure make the 2018 extremely accessible even in the early going. Crushed flowers, spice, cedar and sweet pipe tobacco all grace this ethereal, wonderfully understated Barbaresco from Cascina dell Rose.
  • Cascina delle Rose 2022 Langhe Nebbiolo DOC
    Rating: 88 (10/24/2023)

    The 2022 Langhe Nebbiolo is an attractive entry-level offering. Crushed flowers, sweet red berry fruit, kirsch, mint and white pepper are nicely delineated. The 2022 was raised mostly in tank, with a touch of cement.
  • Cascina delle Rose 2022 'A Elizabeth' Dolcetto d'Alba DOC
    Rating: 90 (10/24/2023)

    The 2022 Dolcetto d'Alba A Elizabeth is a rich, deep wine that reflects the style of the year in its succulent dark fruit. Black cherry, plum, new leather, licorice and mocha are nicely amplified in this heady Dolcetto from Cascina delle Rose. The 2022 packs quite a punch, but the alcohol is quite contained at 13%.

  • Cascina delle Rose 2020 'Donna Elena' Barbera d'Alba Superiore DOC
    Rating: 93 (10/24/2023)

    The 2020 Barbera d'Alba Superiore Donna Elena is a heady, opulent wine. Ripe dark cherry, mocha, sweet spice, rose petal and licorice saturate the palate. As always, the Donna Elena is the more extroverted of the estate's two Barberas. Even with all of its obvious textural intensity, the 2020 offers quite a bit of classicism as well. It spent about 20 months in oak.

  • Cascina delle Rose 2021 Barbera d'Alba DOC
    Rating: 92 (10/24/2023)

    The 2021 Barbera d'Alba is terrific. Sumptuous, dark and explosive, the 2021 races across the palate, immediately showing off its considerable charm. Succulent black fruit, new leather, licorice, smoke and mocha all build. I very much admire the depth and intensity here. The 2021 spent about a year in cask. It's a gorgeous wine in every way.

  • Cascina delle Rose 2020 Barbaresco, Tre Stelle, DOCG
    Rating: 93 (10/24/2023)

    The 2020 Barbaresco Tre Stelle is a racy, sensual wine. Soft contours wrap around a core of sweet dried cherry, mint, cinnamon, cedar, new leather and rose petal. Already quite open, the 2020 will drink well with minimal cellaring. Sweet floral top notes lift the finish. This is nicely done.

  • Cascina delle Rose 2020 Barbaresco, Tre Stelle, DOCG
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (8/24/2023)

    The 2020 Barbaresco Tre Stelle is a delight to drink. The character of this vintage is more accessible for sure, and the fruit is very bright and supple. But there's no harm in drinking this warm-vintage release of 7,500 bottles on the early side while all its primary aromas are so intact and enticing. The tannins are soft, and the wine shows medium richness to close.
  • Cascina delle Rose 2020 'Donna Elena' Barbera d'Alba Superiore DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (8/24/2023)

    Showing extra power and extraction, the Cascina delle Rose 2020 Barbera d'Alba Superiore Donna Elena (with 3,000 bottles made) takes the intensity of the grape up a notch or two. That intensity (and the 15% alcohol content) is shaped by a hot and sunny vintage. Barbera loves the heat and returns the favor with dried blackberry, baked plum and light spice. The varietal acidity is intact over a very smooth and rich mouthfeel. This wine plays its strongest cards on the palate.
  • Cascina delle Rose 2021 Barbera d'Alba DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (8/24/2023)

    The 2021 Barbera d'Alba offers the dark juicy fruit that has made this native grape so popular in local restaurants. The wine shows the heft and texture to pair with meat or cheese-heavy dishes, and it has the natural acidity to keep the palate refreshed throughout your meal. This is a youthful and versatile entry-level red. Cascina delle Rose does an especially good job with this wine. Production is 3,500 bottles.