J. S. RASCH VIN & SPIRITUS
J. S. Rasch wine and colonial trade has been selling the good things in life since 1807. The current ownership goes back 2 generations.
Piemonte – Italy
Barbaresco Vallegrande is made from Nebbiolo grapes from the field of the same name near the village of Treiso. On the 3h large parcel owned by the Grasso family, the vines were planted in 1971, 1985 and 2000. In general, the grapes at Vallegrande are harvested quite late (end of September to mid-October), as the field faces west and is often exposed to large temperature differences. This results in a long maturation process and therefore more concentrated and aromatic wines. At the same time, the older vines give a good concentration and otherwise excellent results in dry vintages, where younger vines suffer from the lack of water. Fermentation takes place in tanks and the wine is then matured for 24 months in large Slavonian oak casks and an additional 6 months after bottling.
The wine has a deep, dark red color. In the nose you find mature, soft tones of chocolate and coffee. The taste is more delicate than one would expect from the smell. Here you find nuances of cocoa, but also delicious, spicy notes of blackcurrants, anise and wild cherries. A good combination of dark and lighter, fresh tones. It ends softly and harmoniously, almost velvety. Barbaresco Vallegrande will go well with most meat dishes with veal, beef and game, but also with not too ripe white or red cheeses. Served in large glasses.
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Ca’ del Baio has been owned and run by the Grasso family for 4 generations and since 1880. Today, the family has a distinguished portfolio of fields near the village of Treiso (7 km. from Alba) and in Barbaresco itself – a total of 28 ha. They thus have plots in some of the best fields in the area, including in “Asili”, “Valgrande”, “Marcarini” and “Pora”. Ca’ del Baio has (naturally) primarily planted the fields with Nebbiolo, but they also grow Barbera, Dolcetto, Moscato, Chardonnay and… Riesling!
For the Grasso family, respect for nature has always been a matter of course rather than a formulated philosophy, and for many years no artificial fertilizers or pesticides have been used in the fields. But in 2017, the respect gained substance in a more formulated philosophy, when they joined a new local project in Piedmont, which aims to promote a more sustainable and environmentally friendly wine production. The project is called “The Green Experience” and is an aid and control body where you undertake to respect and comply with a set of rules on 10 points. In addition to promoting a more sustainable and environmentally friendly wine production (including without chemicals), the set of regulations also aims to promote biodiversity, flora protection and the spread of beneficial insects and birds, for example.