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Cascina Luisin

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At a Glance

  • Domaine established: 1913
  • Owner: Roberto Minuto
  • Closure type: Cork
  • Vegan: Yes

Vineyards

Total area of estate: 8 ha

Vineyards for nebbiolo:
BARBARESCO PAOLIN: village blend from 3 crus, 2.5ha total: Basarin (planted 1962), Moccagatta (1982), & since 2018 now Balluri (1962). 1st made 1990. (NB formerly called Sori Paolin)
BARBARESCO CRU ASILI:
0.8ha planted 1958 vv in Barbaresco, S facing, 300m, on Tortonian calcium-rich, sandy, blue clay-marl. (From a 14ha total amphitheatre.) 1st made 2011
BARBARESCO CRU RABAJA:
1ha planted 1969 in Barbaresco, SW facing, average 310m, terroir grey-marne clay
BARBARESCO RISERVA:
made in top years only. Blended, mostly vv, from crus Asili, Balluri, Basarin, Moccagatta, Rabaja, Rabaja-bas
BAROLO LEON:
(cuvée name) 1.5ha mature 1975 vines in Serralunga d’Alba. 1st farmed & made 2001

Vineyards for barbera:
MAGGIUR: 2ha planted ~1930 at San Rocco d’Elvio, Alba. South facing, ~ 300m, raised 1yr in botte
AXILIUM:
0.5ha planted 1947 vv at Asili, Barbaresco. E facing, 320m, raised 20mths in 1hl tonneaux

Agriculture

Very sustainable farming; ‘organic-uncertified.’
Cover cropping; copper sulphate & sulphur sprays only.

Timeline

2018 purchase of Barbaresco Balluri (for Paolin bottling)
2002 & 2014 vintages called for other treatments
2001 Barolo Serralunga vines leased; 1st Barolo
1998 end of using selected yeast, fining & filtering
1994 1st purchase of Stockinger large casks/botte
1990s move to sustainable viticulture
1990s rotoformerntor trial era (abandonned)
1995 8th generation Roberto joins
1990 1st release of Barbaresco (Sori) Paolin
1980s 1st cru bottling from Rabaja
1974 8th generation Roberto is born
1952 sons Mario & Lorenzo split: latter keeps cellar
1930 oldest vines planted, barbera d’Alba Maggiur at San Rocco d’Elvio, Alba
1913 Luigi Minuto (‘Luisin’ – the little Luigi) is 2nd grower