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Bandita - 2019

Cascina Tavijn

7.75 / 10

red still, dry
Vino (IT), Italy
276 UAH, 610 UAH, 568 UAH, 454 UAH
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Cascina Tavijn Bandita 2019


7.75 / 10750 ml@Home

Lovely as ever. It charms with a bouquet full of cherries, leather, chocolate, a dry humidor, and subtle VA notes. Well-balanced, juicy and delicious. Rustic yet beautiful in its austerity.

7.75 / 10750 ml@Home

Let's try to ignore the fact that Nadia Verrua changed the label colours to a palette that strangely reminds us of the Ukrainian flag. That happens. With time this wine calmed down and started to remind Barbera. Still with rebellious spirit in the form of dark chocolate notes, saddle and VA. Good balance, juicy and sexy stuff. She knows her craft, and that's why we love her. And for this price, it's arguably the best Barbera you can find on the market.

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Special Ukrainian edition

7.75 / 10750 ml@Kyiv

And Interesting and non typical expression of Barbera. Bursts with dark chocolate, barnyard, sweat, humidor and cherry. Good volume and balance (needs to breathe a little bit), delicious and slightly funky. QPR is good even after price adjustments.

7.75 / 10750 ml@Home

Rustic and unique style Barbera. Somehow I missed 2 previous vintages, but compared to 2016 (that I tasted more than a year ago), 2019 is less jammy. Not simple, it bursts with dark chocolate, sweat, cherry, humidor. Medium-plus body, medium-high tannin, funky and delicious. QPR is great. Aerate if you want more delicate version of this wine.

Cascina Tavijn

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Cascina Tavijn, located in the overlooked Asti province of Piemonte, Italy, is a testament to the passionate and experimental spirit of its padronina, Nadia Verrua. Despite its modest size of approximately seven hectares, the winery stands out for its ambitious and diverse wine production. Nadia's approach is deeply rooted in the region's unique varietals, primarily focusing on Barbera, Grignolino, and Ruché. These indigenous grapes, particularly Grignolino and Ruché, have gained a cultish rise in popularity, reflecting the winery's influence in reviving and celebrating local varieties.

Nadia's journey in winemaking has been marked by a progressive shift from adhering to regional DOC and DOCG labels to a more liberated approach, allowing her greater creativity and expression in her wines. This evolution is evident in her historic wines, which have been renamed in honour of her parents – 'Ottavio' for Grignolino, 'Teresa' for Ruché, and 'La Bandita' for Barbera. Her experimental nature extends to the use of other varietals like Cortese, Moscato, Slarina, and Freisa, sourced from various means, including purchased fruit and newly planted vines. Nadia's commitment to natural winemaking is also notable, with a focus on limiting the use of sulfites and embracing organic farming practices.

The playful and colourful label designs by Gianluca Cannizzo, underpinning Nadia's vibrant personality and innovative approach, further emphasize the winery's unique character. Cascina Tavijn's wines, particularly their special bottlings, showcase the rich diversity and potential of the Asti region's indigenous grapes, making them a noteworthy contributor to the Italian wine landscape.