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2019 Cantina del Pino Barbera d'Asti: Piedmont, Italy


Tasting Notes

This is a terrific Barbera! Fruit forward and balanced by bright acidity and low tannins which is typical of Barbera d’Asti. Juicy, fresh, with a wonderful deep red hue. Aromas of ripe black cherry, plum, goudron, and some pepper leading into an elegant mouthfeel that finishes off with a dry, spiced finish with hints of oak.

Winery Details

Cantina del Pino has some of the oldest vineyards in Barbaresco. The vineyards were established nearly a hundred years ago by the former director of the Royal Enological School in Alba, Domizio Cavazza, who first called wine produced in that area from Nebbiolo grapes Barbaresco. The company is named after a pine tree he planted to mark the birth of his first son, and while his family did not take up the business after he died, the Vacca family who took over after him have maintained it ever since, now on their fourth generation.

The Vineyards and winery are all family-managed. Nebbiolo grapes come from the younger vines of the Ovello and Albesani vineyards, two of the best sites of Barbaresco. Barbera and Dolcetto come from surrounding areas in the Piedmont and Langhe and are vinified differently than the Barbarescos. Cantina del Pino produces three Barbarescos, a Langhe Nebbiolo, a Barbera d’Alba, and a Dolcetto d’Alba, as well as a Langhe Freisa. No chemical fertilizers, and vineyards are managed with an extreme respect to the environment. Vines average 40 years old. Wines are neither fined nor filtered.

Wine Summary

Winery/Producer: Cantina del Pino

Grape(s): 100% Barbera

Style: Red, dry

Origin: Barbera d'Asti, Piedmont, Italy

Vinification: Organic, biodynamic, and sustainable farming practices. The grapes are hand harvested, fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Aged in oak and chestnut barrels.

Aging: Aged 6 months in oak and chestnut barrels.

% ABV: 14%