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Cascina Adelaide Barolo 4 Vigne 2016  - First Bottle


94 James Suckling -
Plenty of dried orange-peel, cherry and ripe-strawberry aromas. Mushrooms, too. Full-bodied, layered and very flavorful. Chewy tannins. Shows depth and intensity. Needs three or four years to soften. Try after 2023.
93 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
Made with a blend of fruit from four different vineyard sites in La Morra and Serralunga d'Alba, the Cascina Adelaide 2016 Barolo 4 Vigne has a pretty cherry character that rises far above aromas of spice, tar and Indian cardamom pod. There is a point of bitterness on the tannins, sharper than we saw in the classic Barolo. Seeing both steel and 50-hectoliter French oak barrels, you taste the skins and tightness of the Nebbiolo grapes in this 15,000-bottle release. Once again, I'm a bit concerned that this astringency may never fully integrate, but only time will tell.
90 Wine Spectator -
Cherry, raspberry, plum and white pepper flavors are the main themes in this juicy red, with accents of eucalyptus and tar. Its tannins are assertive and leave a grip on the finish. Best from 2023 through 2042. 900 cases made, 50 cases imported.

Technical Details

  • BlendNebbiolo
  • CountryItaly
  • RegionPiedmont
  • AppellationBarolo
  • Aging/Cooperage24 months in oak
  • Alcohol14.5%
  • Production50 cases imported cases

Cascina Adelaide Barolo 4 Vigne 2016

Nebbiolo  |  Italy
JS94, WA93, WS90

57% off retail!

Cascina Adelaide is a relatively new Barolo producer to keep your eye on. Founded in 1999 as the culmination of a lifelong dream of founder Amabile Droco, this modern, gravity-fed winery sits just beneath the hilltop Castello di Barolo. We are one of the very few in the U.S. to have UNPRECEDENTED access to their top wines and we purchase every bottle they agree to sell us. This pricing is remarkable, the wine…even more so! 94 POINTS and decades of life ahead of it…just surreal.

The wine SINGS of nebbiolo...a perfect marriage of the classic crus that provide the fruit and a modern approach to the winemaking that takes advantage of the new, state-of-the-art facility. Cascina owns an enviable stable of top Barolo crus, like Preda, Bussia, Cannubi, and Fossati. These lots are blended together to make the 4 Vigne, separately from their single-cru bottlings. The nose pulses with Earl Grey tea, Indian spices, citrus oil, cherries and dried cranberry, balsam, and a long, spicy finish. This beauty is just starting to stretch its legs and has a veritable marathon ahead of it, but MAN, it is fun to just drink now after a really vigorous decant and dream of the future.

All of Cascina Adelaide’s grapes are hand harvested and sorted before a 12-hour stay in the winery’s drying room to remove any residual moisture on the grapes. From there, the fruit is destemmed and lightly crushed in preparation for their roughly two-week fermentation and maceration in tank. Following primary, the wine is aged for 24 months in oak barrels, where secondary fermentation occurs. The wines are then bottled for months of further aging before release.

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PAIRING IDEAS: A common dish for celebrations throughout Piedmont is Agnolotti del Plin, served in the reserved beef braising liquid from the filling will fill your belly and your soul.

MUSIC SUGGESTIONS: On the topic of soul filling, Phillip Phillips' “Home” will get you into foot-a-stomping delirium sure to incite a bit of nostalgia.

About the Producer

After a highly successful engineering career, Amabile Droco achieved his lifetime's ambition when he purchased an old farmhouse and the accompanying vineyards in the heart of the village of Barolo in 1999. The employment of a top new winemaking team and the construction of an incredible new subterranean winery had a predictably positive effect on the quality of the wines produced. What really sets Cascina Adelaide apart however, is their vineyard holdings and their commitment to demonstrating the diversity of the terroirs within the Barolo DOCG. Journalists have been quick to recognize the fantastic quality of the wines with a number of the wines awarded 95 points from Wine Spectator as well as consistently coming out on top in Decanter tastings. The Fossati Cru is located in the La Morra area, where the soil is rich of red and grey clay. This place is well-known as a great cru for great Barolo wines that can be aged for decades.