giovedì 13 agosto 2015

The Nouvelle Vague of Barbaresco

The Nouvelle Vague of Barbaresco 

Cascina Roccalini 
Paolo Veglio is the man behind Cascina Roccalini, Veglio was born in 1978, He does the farmer since he is 14 years old. Since 1993, the grapes were transferred to Giacosa wines, which told him in private that these plots are one the best grapes in the whole area of Barbaresco. It is no coincidence that just attached to this vineyards are the vineyards that give life to Sorì Tildin of Angelo Gaja.
Paolo from 2004 decided to start bottling his wine and label under the name Cascina Roccalini. He challenged the crisis and initial it was not easy. Initially it got help from Dante Scaglione, the winemaker of Bruno Giacosa; the man did the most beautiful red labels of the Langhe; and then for unknown reason has been fired and replaced by the winemaker of Batasiolo. Dante Scaglione is perhaps the most important and expertise winemaker of the Nebbiolo. Veglio was part of the Vini Veri association but not anymore . His is a very small production just 3 Bergamotto Botti and few bottles and strongly traditionally. So far I had the 2009 and the 2010 vintage lovely pure wines which great finesse and class.. And minerality the core of his wines

Piero Busso
Since 1980 has been making wines of unquestionable quality and undeniable link with the territory of origin located in Neive The Winery Piero Busso are demonstrate great environmental sensitivity, not use chemical herbicides and enriches the soil only with natural compounds.
To all this, the treatment as natural as possible in the cellar, that avoids excessive use of technology and chemistry. They have Cru as San Stunet, San Stefanetto and mostly important the famous Gallina vineyard which was one of the beauty of Giacosa used to meatyage and vinified for a while.
This are wine show lovely tradition Nebbiolo style; even if you notice they using small barrel as barrique which are never new and and very gently handle, just to explode the talking between tradition and modernist..
Gallina 2009 was wonderful class with tones of strawberry and violets, with rich tannin and savory notes and limestone minerality.. A great producers to watch. 

domenica 9 agosto 2015

American history rootstocks

American rootstocks. The search for a solution to the problem of phylloxera led to seek vine plants naturally resistant or tolerant to the parasite. In the places of origin it had developed naturally a form of pest resistance to guarantee a normal life to the local vines. Experts went in search of these screws in the Americas and began attempting to graft. Some were rejected for manifest disaffinity, other for the poor capacity of rooting from cuttings because other undesirable behaviors induced in the graft. They were therefore identified three main species of screw defined suitable for the engagement with the Vitis vinifera. They are the Vitis Rupestris far left, Vitis Berlandieri far right, Vitis Riparia down left... This American rootstock saved the European Vitis Vinifera down right. Except from some vineyards are still in Pie Franc ‪#‎americanrootstock‬ ‪#‎rootstock‬ ‪#‎mineral wine‬

Vitis Riparia is used in fresh soils , with little limestone and in temperate environments , has the advantage of being very vigorous and anticipates budding and maturation . Vitis Rupestris " du Lot " is characterized by root system which tends to be resistance and very adaptable to limestone , good affinity for grafting and very suitable for cuttings , poor resistance to drought . Vitis Berlandieri has resistance to drought and limestone, very resistance to drought.

Rootstock mistakes can cost you a lot.