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. PWS