Asili is a special hill in Barbaresco where many of the greatest Barbaresco wines come from by producers such as Giacosa, Roagna, and Produtturi del Barbaresco to name just a few of the greats that bottle their own Asili. In fact, the vines for Giacosa make what is deemed the best Asili and are adjacent and interspersed with the Ca del Baio vines.
The Ca del Baio story started out on this very vineyard, on one of the best-known Crus in the Langa. This elegant, refined wine encapsulates to perfection the precious fruit grown on our oldest vines.
Denomination: Barbaresco DOCG
Grape-variety: 100% Nebbiolo
Planting of vineyards: between 1957 and 1999
Type of soil: bluish clayey-limestone marl
Position: facing south-west
Harvest: between the end of September and the beginning of October
Vinification and Aging: The destemmed and pressed grapes ferment on the skins in heat-controlled steel tanks for 5 to 30 days. The wine then matures in wood for 24 months, partly in oak casks and partly in small French barrels, before continuing its aging in the bottle for 6 months.
Tasting Properties: Bright garnet red, with slight orange tinges; nose intense, with fruity aromas of marasca cherries and hints of violets. Spicy notes of black pepper, licorice, and goudron; taste dry, warm and soft, showing a long, rich, smooth flavor.
Pairings: Goes well with braised and stewed red meats, game and very mature cheeses. As time passes, it also becomes a great meditation wine.
Serving temperature: 64°F
Storing: Ready to drink as soon as 3 years following the harvest, it gives of its best after 10-15 years and beyond in great vintages. Cellaring recommended with the bottle lying down in the dark at a constant temperature (55°F).