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Cascina Luisin Rabaja Barbaresco 2014

Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy


$100ea in any 3+
$95ea in any 6+
Closure: Cork
Just like Produttori, Luisin's Rabajà sits right a top it's brace of Babrarescos!


Over the last few vintages Rabajà has been the standout from Cascina Luisin. 2014 is no exception.  The dark, rich fruit has great length and depth. Salty, earthy, with masculine tannins of serious quality, sit tightly at the moment. With a little Piedmontese cuisine and a year or two it will come together beautifully.

It draws you in you in with little hints of aniseed, rosemary, chocolate, and, beyond burst from the glass with each sniff! Fun Vino!

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Why is this Wine so Yummy?

About Cascina Luisin

Thinking about how to describe Cascina Luisin, without a doubt the best place to start is with their real-estate, and what real-estate it is! With key land holdings in some of the most acclaimed Crus in the Langhe including the highly prized Asili and Rabaja vineyards with their Cascina sitting above the latter, providing a sensational, panoramic view – arguably two of the most important vineyards in the Langhe. This is a small, family estate that dates back to 1913 and today is run by fourth generation, Roberto Minuto along with his father Luigi. Luisin produce around 2,500 cases each year and have ownership in various communes totalling around 7 hectares.

Roberto joined his father in 1995 after completing his viticultural studies and interestingly, post his studies, they briefly trialled rotary and barrel fermentation before quickly realising that Nebbiolo was most at home in cement. For their 3-single cru expressions of Barbaresco, very traditional methods are used – slow fermentation/macerations are carried out in cement, followed by extended maturation in large format oak, with all 3 wines made the same way to highlight the expression of each vineyard site….and to paint the picture, these are not your blackstrap, forced and wooded wonders; these are amazingly fragrant, gentle but persistent Barbaresci, almost Pinot-like, with strawberry, flowers, cherry skin and orange notes…and of course with that vital little extra touch of tingling grip. Apart from their 3 flagship wines, the winery also produces a fresh Roero Arneis, bright crunchy Dolcetto, old-vine Barbera and a beautiful sweet/herbal Chinato.

Where in the World is Cascina Luisin?

Enlarge the map and explore and you’ll see Asili right next to it, Pajé, Muncagoto, Montestefano, Rio Sordin and Pora within a stones through. Pretty much enough said! These are the elite vineyards of Barbaresco.

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17 Points

Mid ruby with narrow orange rim. Savoury and almost salty nose. This is all salt and minerals and the pure fruit is there, but still very subdued. Very fine coating tannins and fantastic fresh acidity on the finish. (Walter Spelling)

Jancis Robinson

93 Points

A bright, fresh style, offering strawberry, licorice, leather, iron and tar aromas and flavours. Tightly wound tannins lend grip as this builds to a long, expansive finish. Well-proportioned, with a long, complex aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2035. 600 cases made.-BS

Wine Spectator

91 Points

The 2014 Barbaresco Rabajà has plenty of depth and muscle. Sweet red cherry, smoke, liquorice, scorched earth and iron infuse this powerful, yet classically mid-weight Barbaresco. There is plenty of tannic grip lurking beneath. I would prefer to cellar the 2014 for at least a few years to allow some of those tannins to soften.

Antonio Galloni

Where in the world does the magic happen?

Cascina Luisin, Strada Rabaja, Barbaresco, Province of Cuneo, Italy