2013 Cascina Roccalini Barbaresco Roccalini
"Roccalini is one of the most important young growers in all of the Langhe and certainly of Barbaresco. Remember that this was a founding vineyard for the Produttori back in the late 19th century. And even the famed Bruno Giacosa took an exclusive on its fruit for 12 years before Paolo Veglio pulled it back to launch his own domaine.
The Roccalini ‘cru’ was lost because the fruit from these vineyards had been sold for generations to the big names in Barberesco (mainly Bruno Giacosa). However, the cru should be anything but ‘forgotten.’ Noted by the most famous Italian vineyard cartographer, Masnaghetti, as being “… one of the most interesting of all of Barbaresco (with a potential not far from that of the finest lots of Roncagliette),” adding, “… it is a pleasure, therefore, to note that after years of obscurity, that the vineyard, since 2003, has a producer which bottles its grapes on their own and gives a certain visibility to this cru." -Importer
The Veglio family farm was purchased in 1931 from Senator Como from Rome, who was part of the first group to officially create ‘Barbaresco’ as a wine. Roccalini was the name given to this hill and beautiful cru that overlooks the Tanaro River and Alba to the south, the Roero to the west and the famous tower of Barbaresco just to the north.
The Veglio family were not farmers until the third generation. Paolo Veglio decided to go to school for oenology and ‘save the family farm’ so to speak. Up until 2005 all the fruit from this important cru was sold to Fontanafredda, then Bersano, and from 1990 until 2005 the fruit was sold to Bruno Giacosa. Hence, this cru never saw its own name on a label until Paolo bottled the first bottles in 2005. Paolo is also the ONLY one bottling this cru that Masnaghetti calls ‘one of the most interesting in all of Barbaresco.’ The current vineyards in the Roccalini Barbaresco were planted in 1961, 1966, 2002 and 2011. In 2010 we will see a new ‘Riserva’ label that has the old 1961-66 vineyard bottled seperately. Paolo does everything himself in the vineyards, with some help only from his mom in the cellar. No barriques, no yeasts, no fining, no filtering… pure perfect Nebbiolo made like ‘once upon a time, ‘ in Barbaresco." -Winery