Cascina Adelaide may not be the sexiest or most talked about name in Barolo, but insiders know that the estate makes great value wines, and this is true for Barolo 2010.
Cascina Adelaide, Fossati, La Morra, Barolo 2010
The estate has been around since 1817, but the turning point came in 1999 when current owner Annibale Drocco took over; winemaker Sergio Molino helps fashion a bevy of site-specific wines in a traditional style (macerations routinely last 300 hours or more; ageing is a minimum of two years in large oak barrels).
Fossati is a high-quality vineyard located next to Brunate and Cerequio (generally considered two of the six best vineyards of the DOCG), and in typical La Morra fashion offers explosive perfume and ripeness of red cherry fruit flavours.
Ian D’Agata Beautifully pure and precise aromas and flavours of red cherry, rose and sweet spices with a lacy minerality on the long finish. This screams La Morra, which isn’t always the case in 2010 with wines from this commune.
Michael Garner Youthful, full, woody and spicy aromas over intense black fruit. Fragrant dark cherry and liquorice flavours with lovely balance. Excellent length and very pretty aromas to finish.
Emily O’Hare More fragrant than most. A lot of ripeness and sweetness but delicate flavours of peach and summer fruits. Feels typical of La Morra.
Elegant and warm, with notes of earth, tar and dried roses. The delicate mid-palate has very fine, but dense tannins, rich fruit and a touch of smoky development. Lovely cogency and finesse.