It is easy to get overwhelmed by the region, if you drive through this fantastic region. Small little hills with an altitude of 300 to about 600 meters above the sea level connected with vineyards, which form a mountain range circling around the city of Alba. The mountain range is called “Langhe”, and on every hill top an ancient village like Barolo, Serralunga d´Alba, La Morra, Barbareso and more with old churches, castles, farms and wineries. If one drives through the Langhe mountains one thing is immediately clear: wine culture! In other words, all the rumors and stories you hear and see in movies or read in books, are true!
As like others, these youngsters have the situation that all their Nebbiolo goes into Cooperatives in Barbaresco, which means they are not able to produce any wine with this famous grape and wine.
Going back to the winery with a lot of talking and input about their vision of growing grapes as natural as possible in all their vineyards they mentioned their sites: Albano, Ovello, Montefico, Prioca and Vicenciana. Please forgive for perhaps wrong spelling
At the same time, everything they buy on supplies for their finished product, are made in Italy except the Kork, the art on the bottles are from an Italien artist and the bottles are from around of Lago di Garda and everything is 100 percent for recycling to make it as easy as possible for the nature.
Name: Cascina Albano
Winemaker: Marco Vacca
Existing since: 1978
Grapes grown: Dolcetto, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Arneis, Chardonnay, Freisa
Bottles produced: about 20 000
The wines are in general fresh and taste natural, however they introduced me into a new variety which I didn’t know before, Freisa! This grape variety is after a little research, high in acidity and tannins. Obviously a research this grape has a relation to Viogner (which is a white grape), however this grape is very resistant to disease and mildew and was famous after the Phylloxera time around the 19th century. That makes total sense to let it grow in a biodynamic vineyard which is not treated with pesticides.
A sparkling wine made after “method classic” with 60% Chardonnay and 40% Arneis, 36 month on the lees, zero Dosage/ Brut Natural, this sparkle surprisingly won 2014 as the best sparkling wine in Italy. Which came as a surprise to this little vineyard, but telling it with pride! Perschers is a Italien word for "It´s a joke", pretty serious for that!!
Aromas: Peaches and Brioche
Taste: It is bone dry but slightly fruitier then a Champagne brut natural, mild acid, very well integrated alcohol, stone fruit
Starfruit, ripe red apples, apricots
Associations: herbal, buttter, apricots, lychees
Minerality: stone fruit
Cherry red, slighly see thrue
Very aromatic, raw cherry pops, sour cherries
Associations: Cherries, sour cherries
Body: medium -
Aftertaste: fresh and pleaseant
Acid: low and fresh
Associations: Herbs, Cherries, Thyme, Blue Berries
Tannins: low but firm
A simple straight Barbera for easy drinking which makes fun, we also tasted the 2015 and that was amazing more powerful and fruit driven can´t wait to get it!!
Black tea, rusty nail, wet leather, straw, Black berries
Associations: Spices, Black berries, plumps, dried fruit
Tannins: high, grip
Aftertaste: long and dry
My favorite so far, very complex grippy tannins, nice fruit, and a well balancing acidity followed by a very long and dry finish. Very well done!! 4 stars from me! I guess it is there answer on the famous Barbaresco for now!!
Spices, Tobacco, Blue Berries, Rasberries
Associations: Blueberries, Black Berries, sweet spice, complex
This one is aged one year in oak as the name says, 50% new French and 50% in first and second use. This gives the possibility of micro oxidation, concentration and much more complexity. A pleasant Barbera with a lot of fun and a great accompany to food and afterwards. Absolutely loving it and get 5 stars from my point of view