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Cascina Adelaide, Piedmont

With vineyards in some of the best sites, including Preda and Cannubi, Cascina Adelaide produce outstanding Cru Barolos.

After a highly successful engineering career, Amabile Droco finally acted upon his lifetime dream by purchasing an old farmhouse and vineyard in the heart of Barolo.

He did this as he wanted to demonstrate not only the fascinating qualities of Barolo, but also the diversity of the terroir within the Barolo DOCG. So far he has steadily grown the number of vineyards he owns and controls to eight out of the ten Barolo "Crus", with the goal of completing his dream when the right sites become available. To ensure the individuality of the wines shines through, no herbicides are used on the land and the harvesting and sorting is all done by hand. Native yeasts and minimal sulphur are used in the fermentation too, creating delicious complex wines full of orange skin, plum and tobacco notes with incredibly vibrant tannins and excellent balancing acidity.

With vineyards in some of the best sites, including Preda and Cannubi, there was always the potential to produce great fruit but with reduced yields, improved viticulture and some replanting, this potential is now being realised and fruit quality is fantastic.

A horizontal tasting of the wines demonstrates the clearly defined characteristics of each of the vineyards in terms of fruit concentration, elegance and the structure of the tannins enabling the taster to appreciate not only the quality of the whole range but also which style is their own individual preference.

Journalists been quick to recognise the fantastic quality of the wines with a number of the wines awarded 95 points from Wine Spectator as well as consistently coming out on top in Decanter tastings.