Run by Roberto Bianco and called a winery to watch, Cascina Morassino is
one of the oldest producers of Barbaresco yet manages to slip largely
under the radar. With a total of only 3.5 HA of vines in production,
this wine comes from the tiny but prestigious Ovello vineyard, an area
primarily owned by Gaja. It is the longer lived (and perhaps more
modern) of the two cuvees produced here, having been aged in barrique
and with greater density of fruit.
Lovely cherry flavors
predominate with hints of chocolate and floral undertones. The tannin
structure is fine but firm with the added complexity of spicy oak.
Voluptuous fruit abounds in this incredible wine - bright morello
cherry, plum, and red currant radiate from a background of darker fruit,
with dark notes of tar and licorice as well as lifted notes of rose and
spicy oak. The tannins are fine and well integrated so the wine manages
to be approachable in its infancy. It is seductive and long, it will
give immense pleasure at so many different stages of its life.
Enjoy it with Duck, Roasted Red Meats or Game as well as Rich Pasta Dishes.