From Vine Farmer:
Vine Farmer is proud to have introduced the wines of Cascina Val Del Prete, Roero's leading grower for natural farming and traditional cellar work, to the East Coast. Chastised in the past for farming the difficult way, Cascina Val Del Prete is now leading a wave of new farming standards in Roero as more growers look to realize the heights that they have demonstrated are possible and that were known historically.
Farming Arneis, Barbera and Nebbiolo, it's the Nebbiolo based wines that soar the highest. They are never over extracted or dark in color despite long maceration times; combining structure with detail and finesse and highlighting a paradoxical phenomenon where longer maceration yields wines of grace. This practice is shared with traditional Barolo producers. However, where Barolo is more about tar and rose, these wines combine deep cherry, rose and chinato spice - truly beautiful and aromatically vibrant wines with a touch of exoticism. Make no mistake: these Nebbiolo based wines showcase the varietal in all its triumphant glory.
Serious connoisseurs of Nebbiolo should take note - perhaps the most intriguing clue to the true nobility of Roero is that it is one of the few regions in the world with the historical record needed to map out a quality hierarchy of vineyards. In fact, Roero's recent MGA designations doing just that place Roero among the handful of other classified regions in the world - regions such as Burgundy, Barolo, Barbaresco and the Mosel.
The Wine - Carolina primarily comes from a plot of Barbera from a prime part of the Vigna di Lino vineyard of the two top Nebbiolo based bottles from Cascina Val Del Prete. In some vintages, grapes from the top portion of the Serra de Gatti vineyard are used for Carolina. While Barbera cannot produce the same aromatic nuance and elegance that Nebbiolo can, Barbera from such remarkable terroir is nonetheless special, as Carolina is. A serious Barbera of weight, power, and breadth; often times flamboyant and expressive, always exciting.
March 2020 Check In - Deep, rich, and flamboyant nose of blueberry, redcurrant, and a touch of pencil shaving. The palate is a bit more restrained and focused, if still larger scaled and mouth filling. A great wine ready to drink now for those looking for bigger fruit and something immediate in style. A decant surely helps to open a wine like this but I would not say it is needed.