Barbaresco “Rio Sordo” DOCG
Ca’ Rome’ is a family-run winery located in Barbaresco atop the Rabajà hill. It overlooks the seemingly endless vista of gently sloping Langhe hillsides, blanketed in impeccable rows of grapevines. It was established in 1980 by Romano Marengo, along with his wife Olimpia. Their children Giuseppe (known as Pino), Paola, and Maria now run the winery.
The winery manages 5 hectares (12 acres) under vine in Barbaresco and Serralunga d’Alba. The vineyards are cultivated eco-sustainably, with the utmost respect for the territory, under the careful yet ardent eye of Giuseppe, enologist. The family’s signature warmth, sincerity and genuineness come through in their magnificent wines.
The Rio Sordo vineyard – whose name reflects the sunny exposure the small vineyard enjoys – is located in the Barbaresco zone and the soils, known as the “White marl of Saint Agatha” in this vineyard go back to the Tortonian-Messinian period. Rich in elements like manganese, zinc and boron, with fine particles that tend to form easily erodible laminae (silty marl). This unfiltered wine ages twelve months in large Slavonian oak barrels and twelve months in barrique. It is further aged in bottle for at least ten months before release. Complex aromas of licorice and forest berries, cinnamon, cloves and violet lead to full, enveloping tannins and a long fruity finish.
Wine exported to
Japan, USA, Canada, Australia
Most recent awards
- 2016 | Vinous Media92
- 2015 | Vinous93
- 2015 | James Suckling92
- 2014 | Wine Spectator90
- 2011 | Wine Advocate89
- 2010 | International Wine Cellar89
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
Type of yeast:
30 °C (86 °F)
Length of maceration:
Barrique and casks
225 L and 25 hL
New and second use
Type of oak:
French (medium toast) and Slavonian
Aging before bottling:
Aging in bottle:
1.3 hectares (3.21 acres)
49% clay, 36% silt, 16% sand, with a pH of 8.05.
289-320 meters (948-1,049 feet) above sea level
5,000 vines per hectare
1.3 kg (2.86 lbs) per vine
Age of vines:
47 years old
Time of harvest:
Total yearly production (in bottles):
Depends on vintage, but only made in good years.
The bouquet is ethereal and complex, with touches of wild roses, violets and licorice, resulting in a silky, mouth-filling and structured palate.
Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).
Goes perfectly with complex dishes, meat, pasta and aged cheese.
Alcohol cont. 14.5% by vol.