who grows the grapes at Azienda Agricole Casalone? who makes the wines?
During our visit to the estate, we were left with the impression that Ernesto is still the captain of the Casalone ship when it comes to the work in the vineyard. He is a man who grew up before WWII in a country that resembles modern Italy in name alone, where as a child he slept with the cows in the family’s kitchen for warmth during the coldest winters.
what wines do they make at Azienda Agricole Casalone?
Among their whites, Casalone offers a zippy Cortese that accompanies many cheeses and lighter style salami with ease. Their Malvasia Greca is something else all together. Originally from the Greek island of Monemvasia, this white grape was brought to Italy in the 18th century and is all but forgotten in Piedmont.
Finally, “Mariposa” is a sweet, frizzante, Braccheto made with enough tannin to be enjoyable on it’s own or with a range of foods. We’ve poured it at any number of barbeques where it’s chill, it’s brightness and it’s bubbles offer a wonderful counterpoint to heat and spice off the grill.
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when did Azienda Agricole Casalone start? when might you open a bottle?
Casalone’s Barbera, made as it is without oak barrels, is as flexible as most any Italian red grape when it comes to food pairings. As long as the food you are considering is not too spicy or too fishy, this Barbera is reasonable to consider. It can also be served without food, or with minimal appetizers. For their “Mariposa” we’d suggest it with a strong bleu cheese, or a spicy Vietnamese meatball with green peppers and lemongrass. Both the Cortese and the Malvasia Greca are fine options for BYOB Sushi.
where is Azienda Agricole Casalone?
The winery sits in the heart of and on the edge of town, literally. Sloping away from it’s highest point, Lu falls away quickly from where Casalone is situated. It makes for rather dramatic views from the family’s garden. In the picture above, Pier-Angelo is standing on the literal edge of the property.
why is Azienda Agricole Casalone a Candid Wine? why might you want a taste?
We would suggest tasting the straight Barbera di Monferrato along side the Briccho Morlantino. As neither are raised in oak barrels they provide an amazing picture of how a single site can focus and deepen the flavors in Barbera. We’d also suggest that the white Antica Malvasia Greca, the only example of this grape we’ve seen anywhere in the world, is worth a try because it is as tasty as it is unexpected.