Cascina delle Rose Barbaresco Docg 2017 Rio Sordo Magnum
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Rio Sordo is a hilltop vineyard that starts along one of the most scenic drives in the comune, or village, of Barbaresco. The Cascina delle Rose 2017 Barbaresco Rio Sordo is filled with dark fruit and bold aromatic intensity, all carefully cultivated in this ridge line of vines. This wine is defined by a broad or all-encompassing approach. Perhaps this vintage doesn't have that nervous energy or electricity that you get in the cooler years, yet this Rio Sordo offers a very smooth and consistent mouthfeel that covers the palate with pretty Nebbiolo intensity. This is an accessible wine, perfect to enjoy in the near or medium term. A mere 3,000 bottles were made.
The 2017 Barbaresco Rio Sordo offers a bit more tannic bite and greater energy than the Tre Stelle. Black cherry, licorice, lavender, cloves and menthol accents show a slightly darker side of Nebbiolo that is quite appealing. I would cellar the 2017 for another few years to help the tannins soften. Readers with classically leaning palates will likely prefer the Rio Sordo over the Tre Stelle. I am drawn to the wine’s energy, vibrancy and persistent finish.