From: Barbaresco, Piemonte, Italy
94 points Wine Spectator
"There's a sappy, old-vine character to this red, featuring intense cherry, strawberry and floral aromas and flavors. Accents of wild herbs, iron and tobacco add depth as this plays out on the lingering finish, showing excellent balance and length. Best from 2024 through 2038. (BS)" (11/2021)
Tasting Notes: Deep garnet color with orange highlights. Breath in notes of marasca cherries, pepper, and hints of violet floral. Described as savory and dry, this Barbaresco has an earthy body consisting of leather, tar, dark fruit, and wild herbs, with a lingering finish. An amazing value. The winemaker claims this bottle will shine it’s brightest at 10-15 years with proper cellar storage. Drink now or allow to age for a decade or more!
Pairing: We suggest game birds, braised lamb, bitter greens, creamy sauces, and mature cheeses to compliment the Ca del Baio Barbaresco. Pumpkin season is upon us, and this delicious Cheesy Baked Pumpkin Pasta With Kale by Sarah Jampel pairs beautifully with this bottle!
About: The area. The Asili cru is located in the village of Barbaresco, on land registry map sheets 5 and 6. The denomination corresponds with the district of the same name. Its size is average, with elevations varying between 210 and 290m a.s.l. Spreading out around the hill of the same name, the aspects of the vineyards on the cru range from south to west, right round to north, so they are more or less suited to vine growing. Nebbiolo is the most widely-planted variety, followed by Barbera and Dolcetto.
A prime site for the growing of Nebbiolo is the area facing south and south-west (alongside and above the Martinenga cru), and of particular interest (less warm, but more sheltered) is the large hollow linking it with the Faset cru.
Ca’ del Baio has 2 hectares of estate vineyards on the Asili cru facing south-west. The grapes from these vineyards produce two wines: Barbaresco Docg Asili and Barbaresco Docg Riserva Asili.
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