Amazing wines from Cascina Luisin, a family estate in Barbaresco (producer's website)

Cascina Luisin Is Back: The '17 Paolin Barbaresco is stunning, but don't sleep on the fantastic Dolcetto and Nebbiolo!

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Do you remember? It was just before Christmas 2021 and you called Chambers Street Wines because you were in a gift-giving pickle. You needed something for your aunt (or was it your boss?), but you had already spent $100 on a crazy Batman Lego Set for your best-friend's kid in Jersey. The clock was ticking and you had to get something special... Special, but around $50 and drinking impressively...

Although not all of you had this exact story, we sold cases and cases of the 2016 Cascina Luisin Paolin during the holiday season to customers looking for a great bottle of Italian red. And one that wouldn't leave their wallets empty after a December-long spending spree.

When our supplier reached out to say the new vintage had come in, we knew we had to taste it. We're here to report that the 2017 is superb, and just as brilliant in flavor and accessible in structure as the 2016. Drinkers of Barbaresco - those seeking the finesse of excellent Nebbiolo - will cherish the purity, style, and price-point of this wine.

The 2017 Paolin Barbaresco is a fiery rose in color, with gorgeous, bricking red edges. On the nose, the wine is bright and herbal, with dried red flowers, garden soil, and milled pepper. More concentrated mineral drive on the palate than the Maggiuer Nebbiolo (note below), with a true woodsy profile, with hints of pine and clove. The fruit is defined by crisp red berries, that soften out with just a little air. Bright acidity and moderate tannic form, this Barbaresco is on point right now, but will definitely show awesome development over the next decade or so.

A little Barbaresco Family History:

Minuto Luigi is the origins of Cascina Luisin (producer website)

I became familiar with Cascina Luisin a little while ago. In April of 2020, I had a great email conversation with Martina Minuto of the Moccagatta winery in Barbaresco. I had contacted her to ask if her family had produced a few Barolo and Barbaresco bottles from the 1960s that we were selling at Chambers, labeled “Fratelli Minuto.” As it turns out, Martina’s family has nothing to do with Fratelli Minuto… but the topic allowed her to discuss some interesting family history! 

“We share the family name but we don’t share a common ancestor,” she wrote me. “My great-grandfather’s label was Minuto Luigi,” Martina explained, “[and] when he passed the property was divided between his sons, Lorenzo and my grandfather, Mario. To avoid confusion of the name Minuto in a small town like Barbaresco, Mario was Moccagatta, Lorenzo was Cascina Luisin, and the other family had Fratelli Minuto.”

Today, Cascina Luisin is under the direction of Roberto Minuto, Lorenzo’s grandson. According to  the estate's introduction on the Rosenthal Wine Merchant website, “Luisin means ‘little Luigi’ in an old Piedmontese dialect” and it was in 1952 that Lorenzo was bestowed the original family winery, “which sits in the middle of the renowned Rabajà cru in Barbaresco.” Rosenthal credits Roberto, and his two decades at the helm of the family business (which now consists of eight hectares spread across some of the region's most prized slopes) with bringing “a level of precision and elegance to Luisin’s wines… without sacrificing any of their gutsy depth or age-worthy concentration.”

The 2017 Paolin isn't the only wine from Cascina Luisin that you should consider. The 2019 Maggiur Nebbiolo will be your weeknight savior and hits way above it's cost.

The 2019 Maggiur Nebbiolo is a beautiful, bricking red in the glass. The nose is fresh and grassy, with lovely red flowers, prickly juniper, and elegant, tender red berries. On the tongue, the wine displays soft cherry fruit, accented with spicy birch and black pepper. A touch of kirsch on the finish adds dimension to a structure of zippy mineral strength and reasonable grip. A serious Nebbiolo, that will absolutely heighten your family's meal on pizza or pasta night - but feel free to pop this on a more serious occasion!

To round out the offer, we're very excited to offer Cascina Luisin's Dolcetto! We're trying hard to give this wine some traction - it is far too tasty for the market to pass over. 

In the glass, the 2020 Trifula Dolcetto is a light and clear plum in color. The nose is herbal, with undertones of dark flowers, blackberry, and anise. There is a plump, savory character to the palate, with dashes of black pepper and healthy earth above warm black cherry. A snappy and pleasant mintiness clings to the fruit on the wines complex finish. Great acidity and a slight chew provide engaging structure. A truly delicious Dolcetto - you'll be back for more!

Whether it's Christmas or a Sunday in the springtime, these Luisin wines are sure to please. Enjoy! David Hatzopoulos

**WINES IN THIS OFFER WILL BE AVAILABLE BY 5/13**

Cascina Luisin 2017 Barbaresco Sori Paolin (5/13)

From 65 year old vines in the commune of Neive, on Southern facing slopes. Macerates for 40 days in cement cisterns before malo and maturation in 30 HL Slavonian barrels. 30 months in bottle before release. The 2017 Sori Paolin Barbaresco is a fiery rose in color, with gorgeous, bricking red edges. On the nose, the wine is bright and herbal, with dried red flowers, garden soil, and milled pepper. More concentrated mineral drive on the palate than the Maggiuer Nebbiolo, with a true woodsy profile, with hints of pine and clove. The fruit is defined by crisp red berries, that soften out with just a little air. Bright acidity and moderate tannic form, this Barbaresco is on point right now, but will definitely show awesome development over the next decade or so. The '16 was one of our favorite wines of 2021, and this '17 will most definitely be making our 2022 list! David Hatzopoulos

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic

Cascina Luisin 2019 Langhe Nebbiolo Maggiur

From 60 year old vines on South facing slopes in Alba. Fruit is harvested in mid-October. First macerated in cement cisterns to extract color and tannin. Malo and aging done in Slavonian oak (20 hl) for 12 months. Kept in bottle 12 months before release. The 2019 Maggiur Nebbiolo is a beautiful, bricking red in the glass. The nose is fresh and grassy, with lovely red flowers, prickly juniper, and elegant, tender red berries. On the tongue, the wine displays soft cherry fruit, accented with spicy birch and black pepper. A touch of kirsch on the finish adds dimension to a structure of zippy mineral strength and reasonable grip. A serious Nebbiolo, that will absolutely heighten your family's meal on pizza or pasta night - but feel free to pop this on a more serious occasion! David Hatzopoulos

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic

Cascina Luisin 2020 Dolcetto d'Alba Trifula (5/13)

From 50 year old vines on South facing slopes in Rodello. 10 day maceration before malo and maturation in 30 HL Slavonian barrels. Moved to stainless tanks before bottling. Stays in bottle 12 months before release. In the glass, the 2020 Trifula Dolcetto is a light and clear plum in color. The nose is herbal, with undertones of dark flowers, blackberry, and anise. There is a plump, savory character to the palate, with dashes of black pepper and healthy earth above warm cherry. A snappy and pleasant mintiness clings to the fruit on the wines complex finish. Great acidity and a slight chew provide engaging structure. A truly delicious Dolcetto - you'll be back for more! David Hatzopoulos

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic