Cascina Ca'Rossa Funsu Langhe Nebbiolo DOC 2018
- Elegant, lighter
Cascina Ca’Rossa (translates to Red House) is the ‘Fo’s first foray into the high-end wines of Roero. Roero might not generate the international press of Barolo or Barbaresco, but the red wines out of this small region are certainly their equal. Ca’Rossa is run by several generations of the Ferrio family and has been operating with organic certification since 2012. They also produce a few wines from the neighbouring appellations as well. These are rare wines to find in Australia, but for lovers of Piemonte, they are a must-have and an absolute revelation.
Alfonso, the father of the patriarch of the Ferrio family, was lovingly known as Funsu and this wine is dedicated to him. It’s 100% nebbiolo sourced from two vineyards, one in Alba and one in Roero. The wine is quite elegant, lighter in body and pure of fruit due to ageing exclusively in tank. You’ll find the typical nebb characteristics of rose and violet aromas, giving way to cherry, tea leaves and earthiness on the palate. Like most Piemontese wines, this is meant to pair with food, showing versatility across a range of Italian dishes.
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If you’ve never plugged Piedmont into Google images then now’s the time. A northern Italian region that spoons both France and Switzerland, it’s one of the more picturesque wine regions in the world and better yet, the vinos do the dramatic backdrop justice. Piedmont wines benefit from the warmth of the Mediterranean and the chill of the Alps, and the combination of these climates means the valleys will often be shrouded in fog. Behind the fog you’ll find Piedmont’s two superstar wines: Barolo and Barbaresco. Known as the King of Wines in Italy, Barolo in particular is lauded over worldwide but really, there’s more to Piedmont than these two. Aside from juicy, tannic nebbiolo, keep an eye out for barbera, the go-to vino for many Italians.