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94pt Cascina Chicco Barolo Rocche di Castelletto 2013

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2013 is a great Barolo vintage, perhaps the best since 1999 - an epic vintage of classic proportions and superb pedigree.” - so you'd expect a Barolo from one of the best areas, highly rated by the critics to cost an arm and a leg...

Well, today we are pleased to be offering what we believe is one of the greatest values in Barolo - the 2013 Barolo Rocche di Castelletto from Cascina Chicco.

Grown in the Castelletto 'cru' in Monforte d'Alba, next door to one of Barolo's greatest and most historic vineyards, Ginestra, this is a prime site for making superb Barolo. You'd expect a wine from here to cost £50+, but the delicious Barolo Rocche di Castelletto is just £23.49 per bottle - an almost unbelievable value!

The calling card of this Barolo is its softness, the balance and roundness of fruit, even in this comparatively youthful stage of its life. So many other Barolos wines feel unyielding and closed after just four to five years in bottle but not so this little beauty.

It has classic tar, leather, blue flower and cherry notes. The palate has bold, supple, liquorice and spice-infused fruit with both tannins and acidity giving the wine life and freshness. As much a ‘drink now’ wine as it is a keeper, there is a great deal to like here.

It's the kind of wine that never normally makes it out of Italy, so take advantage and snap it up whilst it lasts!

About the wine

A beautiful clear garnet in the glass, this Barolo is astoudingly aromatic. Complex notes of raspberry, liquorice, leather, spice and floral hints all reveal themselves as the wine gets more air. Seemingly there is something new to discover every time you go back to the glass. On the palate, this is a poised and elegant Barolo. The elegance and harmony here masks the power and concentration of the wine. The mid-palate resonates with deep, pure red fruits and a lovely silken texture. The tannins are ripe and soft on the long finish, making this very accessible right now - somthing of a rarity for Barolo. Make sure you decant though to get the full effect of this lovely wine.

Grapes were harvested by hand, with each vine being visited twice, with six to ten days in between. Fermentation took place in small, stainless steel tanks over a two-week period, with repeated pumping over for adequate colour extraction. Maceration followed and lasted 40 days. At this point the wine was transferred into wooden barrels of varying sizes (2 000, 2 500 and 5 000 litres). Here is where malolactic fermentation begins, as the wine rests for 30 months before being transferred, once again, to stainless steel tanks where it will remain for 8 months. After about 4 years from the date of harvest, the wine is ready to be put on the market. .

Winemaker: Federico and Enrico Faccenda
Appellation: DOCG Barolo

- 94pts, James Suckling
- 92pts, Vinous
- 90pts, Wine Spectator
- 4.1/5 Stars, Vivino Rating
Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo
Vineyard: Rocche di Castelletto
Cooperage: 30 months in oak barrels
ABV: 14.5%
Drink: 2018-2030

About the winery

Marco Faccenda says that his father, who owned and ran a farm and a delicatessen told his sons to dedicate themselves to one thing only, “otherwise it’s too much work, even during the holidays”. The boys chose wine and whilst they have been true to lives dedicated to one thing, they nevertheless work seven days a week, all year round, in both the vineyards and cellar.

It was their grandfather, Ernesto Faccenda who bought his first hectare in 1950 and it was his son who would modernise the winemaking and build a wine estate that he could hand over to his children. As with all of the best wine estates, the investment, learning and development is an ongoing project and today the family produce over 350,000 bottles a year, with grapes grown on over forty hectares.

About the vineyard

In 2007, after a lengthy search, the Faccenda brothers bought a five-hectare plot in Monforte d’Alba in the heart of Barolo winemaking country. Its name is Rocche di Castelletto.

This is a prime site, sitting in the Ginestra ‘cru’, one of the most important in Barolo. The soil is clayey-limestone and the vines are planted facing southwest and west. As the yield per vine must not exceed 2kg, two thinnings are done – one at the beginning and the other at the end of August



94 Points - James Suckling
ots of tar and rose character with spice and mushroom to the ripe strawberry undertones. Full body, round and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Needs three or four years to soften but gorgeous now."


93 Points - Antonio Galloni
Sweet tobacco, cedar, leather, smoke and dried cherry infuse Cascina Chicco's 2013 Barolo Rocche di Castelletto. Medium-bodied in structure and translucent, the 2013 has more than enough depth to balance some of the more high-toned nuances that are typical of Barolos from the Castelletto district in Monforte. The 2013 is attractive and gentle for a young Barolo, which, among other things, means it will drink well with minimal cellaring." 


92 Points - Wine Spectator
Bridled with sweet cherry, berry, floral and licorice flavors, this red picks up a saline note as it evolves and unfolds to the finish. The elegant profile fits the delicate flavors and plays out on the long aftertaste."

"Delicious. Very dry and high minerality. So good with steak. At first, peppery and earthy, but completely changes after it opens up: smooth, earthy, medium-full body, pretty bold for a barolo.4.5/5 Stars

"Complex flavors but doesn't feel heavy. Love this one!5/5 Stars

"Elegant and approachable Barolo from a great vintage and with good price-value. Suprisingly ready. Cherry, liquorice, cedar and tobacco on the palate" 4/5 Stars



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Last few bottles! Incredible value 94 point 'gorgeous' Barolo from the epic 2013 vintage
Last few bottles! One of Barolo's greatest values - 94pt Barolo from the 'epic' 2013 vintage
"Lots of tar and rose character with spice and mushroom to the ripe strawberry undertones. Full body, round and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish...gorgeous now" James Suckling
""Sweet tobacco, cedar, leather, smoke and dried cherry...Medium-bodied in structure and translucent, the 2013 has more than enough depth...attractive and gentle for a young Barolo...it will drink well with minimal cellaring" Vinous
Today we are pleased to be offering what we believe is one of the greatest values in Barolo - the 2013 Barolo Rocche di Castelletto from Cascina Chicco. Grown in the Castelletto 'cru' in Monforte d'Alba, next door to one of Barolo's greatest and most
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