Until recently the vineyards of Cascina Bruciata (“house on fire”) produced fruit that was purchased by Gaja and the Giacosa brothers of Neive among others. Marino Balbo (father) would have continued on this path were it not for the wish of his son Carlo who wanted to bottle a family wine instead. In 2000, Carlo established the brand Cascina Bruciata. He owns 7.5 hectares including three in the celebrated Rio Sordo cru.
The 2008 Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo is a striking wine with a deep crimson color and a lush, velvety texture. In wine is in a beautiful place right now because it delivers fresh berry aromas that are carefully balanced against budding tertiary notes of leather and cured meat. The tannins are still young, however, as this wine definitely has a long road ahead. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028.
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