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Il Cascinone Rive Barbera is a wonderfully smooth Barbera from a prime location in the Piemontese hills near Asti. Rich fruit balanced by fresh acidity and subtle oak with a long satisfying finish.
Acquired by leading Piemonte producer Araldica in 1999 following years of neglect, this exceptional estate in the Monferrato hills has undergone extensive restoration and replanting. Now around 70ha of the total 102ha are in full production, with the warmer, southwest-facing slopes used to grow Barbera, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon – whilst the northeast slopes are ideal for more aromatic varieties Brachetto and Moscato, along with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
The ‘Il Cascinone’ range (and part of the Alasia range) is produced with grapes sourced from Araldica’s most prized vineyards, both on the estate itself and from other selected sites. This includes the further d’Annona vineyard in the village of Fontanile – purchased by Claudio Manera in 1998. This south-west facing vineyard is a source of premium quality Barbera, from vines over 60 years old. Grapes from d’Annona are brought to Il Cascinone for vinification. All harvesting at Il Cascinone and d’Annona is by hand. The Araldica winemaking team of Claudio Manera, Lella
Burdese and Carlo Manera oversee all production.
Producer Website: ilcascinone.com