With his base firmly anchored in the Cottá cru, Rino eventually expanded his holdings to include additional vineyards in Currà, Fausoni, Pajorè and Basarin - which now total about 18 hectares. In addition, the estate also farms Dolcetto, Barbera and Brachetto grapes. Since inception, Rino has eschewed any use of chemicals and herbicides, opting for a minimal intervention approach. Wines are fermented spontaneously with indigenous yeasts and bottled without filtering or fining. Today, Rino is joined by his children, Andrea, Elena and Claudia in running the estate.
With the Cottá cru being the birthplace of the estate, little wonder the Barbaresco Cottá takes the spot as the most famous wine of the estate. The commune of Neive lies east of the town of Barbaresco, and Cottá is considered one of the top crus of Neive amongst others like Albesani, Basarin, Currá, Gallina, Santo Stefano and Serraboella.
Vinous (93)The 2018 Barbaresco Cottá is one of the showier wines in the range, as it often is. It has that extra bit of mid-palate richness that is missing in some of the wines in this vintage. The fruit profiles leans toward the exotic end of the spectrum. Sweet red cherry, red plum, blood orange, mint, spicecake, kirsch and rose petal fill out the layers, lending a racy flair that is hugely appealing.