2011 Barbaresco Paolin, Cascina Luisin, Piedmont

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Actually the produce of Neive's Basarin vineyard, Luisin's Paolin is their most accessible and joyful Barbaresco, whose soft, light, strawberry and tea texture echoes Basarin's sandy soils. Dotted with spicy cassis and small-berried fruit, it's juicy as well as fresh – the mark of the vintage. One of the oldest, and finest Barbaresco estates, Cascina Luisin is located close to the village itself, overlooking its prime vineyard of Rabajà. Son Roberto is gradually filling the shoes of his father Luigi Minuto: there has been a renovation of the large oak botti, with Austrian Stockinger oak, alon