Dating back to 1477, Castrum Roche was the Latin name given to the imposing fort at the centre of the Torriglione borgata, below the town of La Morra, with Castrum/Castro referring to the tower & Roche/Rocca/Rocche! to the steepness of the surrounding slopes…lying on sandy marne sant-agata fossili roccia!
Isacco Costamagna’s mother Michela heralds from the borgata di Torriglione, being a Gagliasso, while her husband Roberto Costamagna comes from La Morra. In 2013 they bought the Castrum, the tower. Added to which, Isacco is fortunate to have inherited from his nonni 2ha of Nebbiolo da Barolo vines surrounding the borgata in the MGA of Torriglione, on steep ESE facing slopes that look across at Rocche dell’Annunziata.
In 2017 Isacco was finishing his studies at la Scuola Enologica Umberto 1, before taking on the responsibility for the cantina in 2021; which was also the year in which he vinified his debutto Langhe Nebbiolo, putting those studies into practice. Maria, his sister, continues her studies as a psychologist, finding time to help her brother with the design & packing of the new bottle.
While he completes a cantina under the family home, & prepares a bottaio under the Castrum, he’s making his wine in third party premises close to the vineyards, which have been recently replanted from 2014. Isacco does not use herbicides.
Harvested on 6th Oct’21, spontaneously-fermented for a week on the skins in stainless-steel, his 2021 Langhe Nebbiolo was not clarified & only lightly filtered when bottled in July 2022, all 6,664 bottles.