Cascina degli Ulivi

Semplicemente Vino Rosso NV

$28
$28

Meaning "simply red" in Italian, Cascina Degli Ulivi Semplicemente Rosso is the epitome of a brightly alive and juicily delicious red natural wine. It is pure rustic joy squeezed and bottled, inspired by the genuine and tasty wines that Piedmontese farmers drank at all hours of the day working in the fields. It comes from younger (at least by Bellotti's standards) biodynamic vines of about 25 years of age and is a blend of red local varieties such as Dolcetto and Barbera. It is fermented with its wild native yeasts and macerates for about 30 days before being aged on the fine lees for at least three months and bottled with no fining, filtration, or added SO2.

Dry/Sweet:, Dry
Wine Type:, Red
Wine Style:, Light Body
Grapes:, Dolcetto
Farming:, Organic
Vintage:, NV
Alcohol:, 11%
Country:, Italy
Region:, Piedmont
Appellation:, NA
Bottle Size:, 750ml
Sugar level:, Low Sugar, Zero Added Sugar

Food Pairing Ideas:

Grilled meat, hearty soups.

 

Producer profile

Cascina degli Ulivi

Suppose there is one name that resonates in the heart of natural wine lovers worldwide. In that case, it is Cascina Degli Ulivi and its late leader, Stefano Bellotti—a pioneer of biodynamic farming and natural winemaking. In 1977, Stefano took over the family farm in Southern Piedmont's Gavi area and embraced organic farming practices, guided by the wisdom of his neighbor Pietro Toccalino.

Stefano began with just one hectare, soon gaining organic certification and converting to biodynamic farming in 1984. Today, the farm spans 18 hectares and is a holistic ecosystem rich in biodiversity. Viticulture is integrated with cultivating grains, fruits, vegetables, and livestock rearing. The farm's clay and iron-rich soils nurture vineyards, some of which are venerably old, with local varieties such as Cortese, Timorasso, Riesling Italico, and Chasselas for the whites, and Nebbiolo and Nibio for the reds.

Cascina Degli Ulivi is now led by Stefano's daughter, Ilaria, and his former student, Filippo, who are dedicated to carrying Stefano's legacy into the future. These biodynamic wines, all products of wild fermentation and free from added SO2 or other winemaking interventions, are timeless gems of rustic power, elegance, and complexity.

Wine region

Piedmont, Italy

Piedmont, nestled in the northwestern corner of Italy, boasts a winemaking history that dates back thousands of years. The Etruscans and Greeks were among the first to cultivate vines in this region, but it was the Romans who truly recognized the potential of Piedmont's terroir. Over the centuries, Piedmontese wines gained prominence, especially during the Middle Ages when monasteries played a pivotal role in refining viticultural techniques. The region's reputation for producing high-quality wines solidified in the 19th century, setting the stage for the global recognition it enjoys today.

Geographically, Piedmont is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, which form a natural barrier against the cold northern European winds. To the south, the Apennine Mountains provide a gentle embrace. This topographical setting creates a continental climate, characterized by cold winters and warm summers, ideal for grape cultivation. The region's rolling hills, river valleys (notably the Po), and diverse altitudes offer a myriad of microclimates that contribute to the distinctiveness of its wines.

The terroir of Piedmont is as varied as it is unique. The composition of the soil ranges from calcareous clay in areas like Barolo and Barbaresco to sandy soils in regions like Roero. This diversity in soil composition, combined with the region's climate, results in wines with a pronounced character and complexity. The terroir imparts the wines with a minerality and elegance that is hard to find elsewhere.

Piedmont is home to several indigenous grape varieties. Nebbiolo, the king of Piedmontese grapes, is responsible for the region's most renowned wines, including Barolo and Barbaresco. Barbera and Dolcetto are other red varietals that have carved a niche for themselves, offering wines with vibrant fruit profiles. On the white side, Moscato is the star, producing the sweet and effervescent Moscato d'Asti. Other notable white grapes include Arneis and Cortese, the latter being responsible for the crisp Gavi wines.

Piedmont boasts an impressive array of wines and denominations. The most prestigious are the DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) wines, which include Barolo, Barbaresco, Gavi, and Moscato d'Asti, among others. The region also has numerous DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) wines, such as Barbera d'Asti, Dolcetto d'Alba, and Roero. Each denomination has its own set of regulations and standards, ensuring the quality and authenticity of the wines produced.

Piedmontese cuisine is as rich and varied as its wines. Traditional dishes like "tajarin" (thin pasta) and "agnolotti" (stuffed pasta) pair beautifully with Barbera's acidity. The famed white truffle of Alba, a seasonal delicacy, complements the robust flavors of a mature Barolo. For those with a sweet tooth, Moscato d'Asti is the perfect accompaniment to desserts like "panna cotta" or hazelnut cake.

The name "Piedmont" translates to "foot of the mountains," aptly describing its geographical location.

Barolo is often referred to as the "King of Wines and the Wine of Kings" due to its regal stature and history of being favored by royalty.

The Nebbiolo grape derives its name from the Italian word "nebbia," meaning fog, a common sight in Piedmont during the harvest season.

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