Cascina Rocalini is a one-man show working vines in the Roccalini vineyard where the winery gets its name. We were able to visit the winery a few summers ago, and it was one of our favorites of the trip. The winemaker Paolo Veglio is a gentle giant and, at the time, had long wild hair and would reach down every so often to pet a cat that was following him around. His wines are an embodiment of his personality, complex, mysterious, powerful, yet with a gentle touch. Paolo has several different varieties of Nebbiolo growing in his vineyards to promote biodiversity and complexity. He also promotes organic cultivation and showed us how alive his vineyards are; grasses and plants thrived throughout the vineyards. His wines are classic and traditionally made with Paolos personal and organic mark on the wines, and it is apparent how much work he puts in. Paolo used to sell his grapes to Bruno Giacosa, and in the early 2000s, chose to make and bottle his own harvest, a decision that makes him less money but overall happier. 2017 required some heavy selection and was not as easy as 2016, but those that put the work in produced excellent wines, though they are not as concentrated. This is magnificent and very hard to acquire Barbaresco has slowly caught on over the years, but the production is so small. These only make it to the USA a few cases at a time, so don't miss out on this.