The Wine: Cascina Roccalini – Barbaresco
Vintage (=year): 2010
Classified: DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita)
I Paid: ~$46
Grape: 100% Nebbiolo
Region/Location: Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy
A.B.V (Alcohol by Volume): 14.5%
Aged: 20 months in large format (21 hectoliter) oak casks – more traditional approach than producers using small barrique
My Tasting Notes: Dried roses, violets, and crushed cherries on the nose entangled in leather and toast notes. Bright, lively, and definitely tannic (from the grapes though, not from the wood) – this high acid, high alcohol wine is balanced but could use a food partner and some time to relax.
The Verdict: This is a textbook example of an elegant but powerful Nebbiolo/Barbaresco wine of Piedmont. It’s worth noting that their traditional use of large format wood casks renders a full-bodied red that is not overtly “oaky” – the fruit is the starring character here. It’s a bit softer and with more finesse than a traditional-style Barolo from 2010 would be drinking right now – this is delicious, approachable, and ridiculously affordable for the caliber wine it is.
Great for: Fans of Barolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Brunello, and Burgundian Pinot Noir.
Food Pairing Ideas: Dishes with truffles and mushrooms (risottos, pastas), dishes with wild game, duck, pheasant, steak tartar or other crudo meats like cured hams, braised beef, and stuffed pastas like ravioli with walnuts and ricotta/gorgonzola.
Read more about this producer at Indie Wineries: Roccalini