Just 11 municipalities in the Langhe are able to produce Barolo wine. we at Cascina Ballarin are lucky enough to be among them. An austere and inimitable red, this legendary wine is one of the finest in the world.
The regulations for the production of Barolo are clear: made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes, exclusively in the designated municipalities (Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d’Alba, La Morra, Monforte d’Alba, Roddi, Verduno, Cherasco, Diano d’Alba, Novello and Grinzane Cavour). Barolo has to age for a minimum of 38 months, with at least 18 of these being spent in wooden barrels. The time is calculated from the first day of November of the year in which the grapes are harvested.
Every operation involved in the vinification, ageing and bottling processes must be carried out within the area designated by the production regulations. Textbooks on wine state that Barolo is a garnet red wine with orangey highlights. The nose is characterised by an intense and persistent complex spectrum of aromas. The well-balanced palate features vigorous yet harmonious tannins and outstanding personality.
There is more than one Cascina Ballarin Barolo.
Bricco Rocca, Bussia, Panerole: these are the vineyards that we use to make our Barolo. Each one of them gives us different grapes and we try to use each of them to express a different Barolo. What they share is our desire to respect tradition and to emphasise the great expressive potential of this wine. Different positions and slight differences in the soil composition and exposure bring unique sensations and aromas to the glass. We are farmers who have been making wine for years: we know the land, we know the grapes, we know the cellaring techniques and we try, from vintage to vintage, to tell stories that you can drink, each with its own special nuances and flavour.
A hint of wood, a notion of fruit, a warm and velvety illusion of honey: every note expressed by a Cascina Ballarin Barolo is there to be captured and unveiled. Pumping over, drawing off and racking into wood in spring, the rhythm is set by the passage of time and repeated year after year in keeping with an ancient tradition. Small casks, large barrels made of Slavonian oak for our Reserve: we treat every bottle with the attention it deserves, taking care of the wine during every step of the ageing process.
Cascina Ballarin’s Barolo has taken us around the world, something which was unthinkable until just a few years ago. We are proud of our DOCG and we like to think that it will win your hearts too.