There is an effortlessness to Tre Stelle: the wine is beautiful without trying to be, with the admirable loveliness that comes from such things. The archetype of the vineyard is its tendency to produce unusually pliant, gossamer-textured wines, as if Nebbiolo’s obdurate tannins were gently folded in around the edges. - Jason
Cascina delle Rose's 2014 Barbaresco Tre Stelle is soft, forward and open-knit, all qualities that make it a good choice for drinking now and over the next handful of years. Dried flowers, mint, sweet tobacco and dried cherry open up nicely in this mid-weight, effortless Barbaresco loaded with class and personality. - Antonio Galloni
Located due South of the cluster of Barbareso crus Asili, Martinenga and Rabaja, Cascina delle Rose is the sole producer to bottle Tre Stelle and it is a preternaturally fine match. There is no punching down during the relatively brief vinification, opting instead for pumping over and the wine is then aged in large Slavonian casks for 18-20 months. Tre Stelle is always a wine of tremendous perfume and a nervy mineral backbone. Sour cherry fruit holds violets, leather and Alpine herbs aloft and the midpalate glides along smooth tannin. This is an essential cuvée for those who seek Nebbiolo at once ethereal and soulful.
The label depicting Patata (the dog) and Mimi (the cat) bewitched by a swallow is a lovely figure to represent the joyful energy that dynamizes these wines. Aided by time the wines develop wonderful aromatics, but they retain characteristic vibrancy. The 2014 is charming, with bright red fruits and drying rose petals on the nose. Gentle clove and earth assemble in the wings. The tannins are fine and powdery, and well-balanced acidity carries one gracefully to a savory finish. This is à point, though it will continue to drink well for at least the coming 5 years.