La Ca Nova Barbaresco Piedmonte, Italy
La Ca Nova
In the region of Piedmont, nestled on the ridge
of a hill in the town of Barbaresco is the ancient
home and vineyards of La Ca Nova which cover an
area of 12 hectares. For Barbaresco production,
10 hectares. All wine produced each year is 25,000
Here three brothers, Pietro, Giulio, and Franco
Rocca, give meaning to the fruit of their labors
by producing some of the most beautiful Barbaresco
available in the world today.
The vines are cultivated with competence and love
by people who feel close to the land; a time honored
tradition dating back through generations. They
are particularly selective in their methods of
cultivation and do not expose their grapes to
any chemical treatment.
Their cellar, while equipped with the most modern
of wine producing techniques, is nevertheless
built deep under the ground far from any noise
or motion, where the temperature is stable.
Barbaresco must age a minimum of two years, one
of which must be spent in oak barrels. The wine
must then settle to develop its finishing touches
in the bottle, so the bottles then spend long,
quiet months, or even years, in the farthest corners
of the wine cellar.
Pietro, Guilio, and Franco give meticulous care
to every step of the way to their final objective.
All their enthusiasm and work is focused on the
vineyards, that cover an area of 12 hectares.
Their care and respect for the environment and
the ecosystem in which they operate allows them
to follow all the growing phases of the grapes
and keeping under rigorous control the quantity
they obtain a very high quality product.
As result, after all the wine-making operations,
they have elegant wines with a strong character.
At the village of Barbaresco, on the hill in front
of the little village, a big yard within the houses
is ready to welcome visitors and friends coming
from far away.
Here you will find a warm atmosphere, the simplicity
and the friendliness of the people together with
the peace of the country-side all around.
Only the highest quality Barbaresco deserves the
Rocca brothers' "La Ca Nova" label.
"La Ca Nova" produces three bottlings from the
estate, a Barbaresco Estate Bottled wine, a "Montestefano"
Cru and a "Bric Mentina" Cru. All these wines
are a triumph of experience and emotion.
Less than 300 cases are imported of each of
these wines so they are micro-boutique in
the truest sense.
Other wines produced are Barbera and Dolcetto.
Each year the farm carefully selects and produces,
together with an estate Barbaresco obtained from
a mix of grapes from their different vineyard
three other Barbaresco wines from fruit of particular
Montefico, Montestefano and Bric Mentina.
The annual average production is the following:
12000 bottles of estate Barbaresco, 5000 bottles
of Montefico, 5000 bottles of Montestefano and
10000 bottles of Bric Mentina, 7000 of Dolcetto,
4000 bottles of Barbaresco, 1000 bottles of aqua
About Barbaresco and roughly translated:
One of the large wines of the Piedmont, to enjoy
with passion, it is the Barbaresco.
The Barbaresco is a wine from the very ancient
origins and Tito Livio mentions it, in Roman its
Ancient traditions say that the Roosters are come
down in Italy attracted from the bonta' of the
wine of Barbaritium, from that is derived then
the name of "Barbariscum" and therefore that of
According to some, instead, would be derived its
name from the barbaric hordes that first and after
the fall of Rome fecero massacres in Italy.
In distant times the Barbaresco indifferently
was called Nebbiolo or Barolo, and was vinified
with the addition of grapes Moscatello and Passeretta
that confer on it a taste sweet and effervescent.
Of the Barbaresco that we know today, an aristocratic
red wine traced back to around 1799, when the
Austrian general Melas asked for the "Nebbiolo
of Barbaresco" to celebrate its worthy victory
on the Frenchmen.
It was perhaps the goal of the 1800s that they
began to produce the dry type, putting in perspective
the extraordinary capacity of this wine.
It was the professor Domizio Cavazza, well known
enologist, that is referred to in the technical
news of winemaking and that founded in 1894 a
Sociale cantina for the exclusive production of
La Ca Nova Barbaresco DOCG
La Ca Nova Estate
Grapes for this wine are a blend of all areas
of the estate.
Ageing: 2 years, of which at least 1 in barrel
of oak or of chestnut
Color: red granato with reflected arancioni.
Aromas: characteristic perfume, ethereal, agreeable,
Taste: dry, full, strong, austero but vellutato,
The grapes for this cru come from the best slopes
that face south and east at La Ca Nova.
Barbaresco of an intense garnet red with lighter
shades tending to orange. Dry and harmonius to
Maturation lasts two years, one of which is in
Excellent with dishes rich in flavour and spices.
Pairings: with dishes of important and zesty meat,
cacciagione and selvaggina from hare; in zone
with the capretto arrosto, rich condito.
When very fragrant it is accompanied well with
seasoned cheeses, rognoncini trifolati, fegatini.
Bric Mentina Cru
Grapes for this cru come from a small cap (bric)
of the highest hill of La Ca Nova.
Where the vines receive the most sunlight and
struggle the most for moisture. The result is
a very concentrated, intense Barbaresco.
The color is a mellow red garnet which shades
out to burnt orange near the sides of the glass.
The fragrance is a mixture of fresh fruit and
flowers with rich spices.
Its refined flavor captures the praises of the
most critical and demanding of the modern connoisseurs.
This Barbaresco is a regal companion for any meat
dish as well as for cheese dishes.
Uncork 2 to 3 hours before serving - serve at