Cascina Sòt Barbera D'Alba 2019

Cascina Sòt

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Our tasting impressions

Maurizio seems to have a real knack for crafting very pure and delicious wines with great typicity from his humbler cuvées. Case in point, this basic Barbera has a gorgeous nose. On the palate, it is everything we look for from this variety - bright, fleshy, light and untannic. It's a delightful glass of energetic dark fruit. Fab!


About this wine

100% Barbera from vines trained in the Guyot counter-espalier system. Harvested in mid-October. The grapes undergo a traditional fermentation in steel tanks for 10 days at a controlled 25º with floating cap. Pumping-over is performed three times per day. Malolactic fermentation is in oak barrels then the wine is moved to steel tanks, bottled and aged further before release. 


About the grape

Barbera is a dark-skinned grape from vigorously growing, easy to manage vines. Barbera wines are high in acidity, low in tannins and light-bodied - although they can give the impression that they are big and hearty because of their purplish-black hue and relative roundness.


Barbera has been experiencing a Renaissance over the last couple of decades due to greater attention from talented winemakers who have discovered how to better craft the wines. 


About the vintage

2019 was a challenging vintage but ultimately an excellent one. Yields were down about 15% on average. Growers had to deal with heavy spring rain and some hail. The summer was very hot and rot was a very real threat. 


Suggested Glassware: Grassl Liberté

Cascina Sòt

Young, Maurizio Sanso is a third generation grape farmer but he is the first to make wine. His grandparents began as sharecroppers but eventually purchased the property. His parents, Leonardo and Silvana and his sister Lorena work closely with him on the 17ha sustainably-farmed estate producing about 50,000 bottles per year.


Maurizio is fluent in and respectful of the traditions in the Langhe - but he is not bound by them. The vast array of winemaking and aging vessels in his cellar is an indication that he has an adventurous spirit. He also believes in producing each wine in a way that will best convey what its terroir has to offer. Some of these practices might fit into a description of a modernist producer but it is hard to describe this young talent in such a confining and ultimately inaccurate way.


Already gaining recognition in Europe for his precocious talent, Maurizio seems poised for a wider stage. VDLT is pleased to play in role in bringing the wines of Cascina Sòt to the United States.