There are wineries that represent a territory, others that are the territory. For four generations, Cascina Chicco has made the decision to cultivate and vinify the best vines of Roero and the Langhe. A choice of the most privileged areas, which over the years, has let us identify the best vines to express the unique interpretation of each terroir.
Cascina Chicco harvests and vinifies over 44 hectares of vineyards in the most famed areas of Roero: the municipalities of Canale, Castellinaldo, Vezza d’Alba and Castagnito. Since 2006, it directly oversees around 8 hectares within the Menzione Geografica Aggiuntiva ‘Ginestra’, one of the most renown crus in the Barolo denomination, and ‘Castelletto’, in the municipality of Monforte d’Alba.
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2015 Langhe Nebbiolo DOC
In the countryside of Castagnito is a particular hill named Costa, mentioned in the history of the Nebbiolo vine in ancient documents; it is particularly suited for the production of a fine and elegant wine. The average age of the vineyards is 20 years. The yield per hectare is very low, allowing them to obtain a Langhe Nebbiolo of high quality.
Wine Spectator 90 Points: This wine has an ethereal, elegant fragrance; there are hints of violet, marasca cherry, and final notes of spice. It’s full, aristocratic, and delicate.
2013 Roero Riserva Valmaggiore
Valmaggiore is maybe the most famed yet contentious cru in Roero, with soils rich in sand and extremely steep inclines. Here, since always, the best nebbiolo grapes in the denomination are harvested. The soil, typical of the central zone of Roero production, is of Pliocene origin, characterized by loam, limestone and clay. The wine produced here is structured, complex, and austere but always elegant with a touch of finesse.
James Suckling 92 Points: The 2013 Roero Valmaggiore has a rich and immediate perfume with hints of violet, raspberry, and blackberry, and elegant touches of spice. It is rich and well-structured in the mouth, beginning with sensations of violet and cacao and ending in the powerful tannins that carry on its taste perceptions for a long finish. Drink now. 800 cases made.
2015 Barolo Rocche di Castelleto
Castelletto is a vast cru of Barolo between the municipality of Monforte d’Alba and the village of Perno. Cascina Chicco cultivates one vineyard within the cru, located in Grassi at the border with Ginestra. It is a steep plot that is exposed to the east and surrounded by woods and the Rocche di Castelletto, large rock formations that were formed by water erosion. The microclimate is cooler with medium-textured soils characterized by loam, clay and sand. Being rich in minerals and active limestone, the wines from this cru are full and elegant. Complex aromatics with notes of spice and full bodied but balanced.
Winemaker Notes: on the nose, this wine is elegant, with complex notes of raspberry, liquorice, and spices. It is full-bodied, powerful, and balanced by the sweetness of the tannins that characterize its lasting impression on the palate.
2013 Barolo Rocche di Castelleto
Vinous 92 Points: Woodland berry, balsamic herb, tilled soil and eucalyptus aromas lead the nose along with a hint of coffee. The full-bodied palate offers black cherry, raspberry jam, licorice and vanilla alongside enveloping fine-grained tannins. A hint of sage marks the finish. Drink 2019–2025.
2010 Barolo Rocche di Castelleto
Wine Spectator 94 Points: Approachable and delicate, offering rose, cherry, strawberry and mineral aromas and flavors, this firms up on the finish, providing a lingering aftertaste of berry fruit and tea. Best from 2018 through 2032. 2,800 cases made.
2010 Barolo Riserva Ginestra
A majestic and elegant stretch of land, Ginestra is the most celebrated cru of the eastern slopes of Monforte d’Alba. It is here that, in the last decades, Barolo made history. The vines with optimal positions, the warm and bright microclimate and a soil characterized by silty clay marl and small percentages of sand result in a memorable Barolo, where elegance, power and complexity reach their height.
Wine Specator 95 Points: Succulent and silky in texture, setting the stage for cherry, licorice, leather, tobacco and salty flavors before the firm, assertive tannins grip the finish. Excellent length. Should come together with time. Best from 2022 through 2038. 300 cases made.
2009 Barolo Riserva Ginestra
Wine Spectator 92 Points: Both sweet from ripe fruit and salty, with cherry, licorice and leather flavors, this Barolo is approachable now, yet will age another decade or so. Fine texture and lingering finish. Drink now through 2028. 200 cases made.