2019 Cascina Roccalini Barbaresco DOCG, Piedmont, Italy
Paolo Veglio founded Cascina Roccalini in 2003 after having
farmed Nebbiolo for nearly a decade and selling the fruit to some
of the most well known wineries in Piemonte. His greatgrandfather bought the property in 1920 for the equivalent of 250
Euros. The winery doesn't carry any certifications, but Paolo
follows organic and biodynamic practices. Paolo knew from a
young age that he wanted to grow grapes and make wine. He began
apprenticing with farmers and winemakers at the age of 14. It was
then that he discovered "I didn't want to sit behind a desk, I
wanted to work the fields."
The Roccalini vineyard has plantings going back as far as 1961. It
sits at a southwestern exposure on a hill overlooking the Tanaro
River at 1,000 ft elevation. The soil is a combination of clay and
marl. Paolo believes the freshness of his wines comes from the clay
soils. The grapes for the Barbaresco come from the most mature
plantings. Paolo is the only one farming grapes at this site and
he no longer sells any of his fruit.
While Paolo handles the farming himself, his mother assists him in
the cellar. The Barbaresco ferments spontaneously in concrete
tanks. They do not punch down the wines, they prefer to use the
traditional steccatura method to keep the cap submerged. This
allows for a slower, longer maceration and more depth of flavor.
The wines are aged for 18 months in Slavonian oak and bottled
unfined and unfiltered.