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Cantina del Pino Barbaresco 2005

Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • WS91
14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

100% Nebbiolo grapes grown in the hills above Barbaresco. Delicate perfume with aromas of dark cherry and black pepper and a hint of tobacco from a fine cigar. Elegant and full ripe with intense fruit and wonderful structure and balance. Aged two years in oak and one year in the bottle, this wine is drinking very well now and will age for many years.

Critical Acclaim

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W&S 94
Wine & Spirits
Ovello is a steep Barbaresco cru where Renato Vacca farms ten acres of nebbiolo in a mix of limestone and sand. He blended about 50 percent of Ovello into his '05 normale (the rest comes from vineyards in Starderi, Albesani and Gallina), and you can feel the influence of the soil in the wine's iron-hard structure. Those tannins are initially binding, and it's only after a day that sweeter cherry and rose flavors emerge. It develops into a seamless Barbaresco, with high acidity brightening its luxurious texture. You'll want to hang on to this wine for a decade or more.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
Here's a soft and supple Barbaresco from winemaker Renato Vacca that ups the ante in terms of intensity, texture and pulpy density. The aromas are ripe and fruit-forward, focusing mainly on soft cherry and creamy vanilla. Yet, the wine's tight tannins and bitter cranberry aftertaste reminds you that this is a true Barbaresco.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Very attractive aromas of crushed blackberry, mineral and spices follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a long finish. Structured and rich. Well-crafted.
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Our winery in Castiglione Falletto, the heart of the Barolo area, is the center of vinification for the grapes, which we produce on our four estates. Each one a cru accurately selected from the exposures most profoundly given to vine growing among the hills of the Langhe. The experienced choice of the land, the passionate care of the vineyards, as well as the careful selection of grapes during the harvest allow us to have at our disposition approximately 300.000 kg. of splendid grapes each year. We believe that this, together with our rigorous respect for local wine making tradition and 40 years of enological experience, guarantee an outstanding result for each wine we produce.

Barbaresco

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Often compared to Barolo but worthy of its own separate conversation, Barbaresco is home to the softer side of Nebbiolo. For a long time, consumers viewed Barbaresco as a more affordable alternative to the wines of neighboring Barolo, but advances in viticulture and resulting improvements in quality have allowed this region to build a superior reputation all its own. With a warmer, drier, and milder climate and compact, fertile soils, the wines here are powerful yet soft, fruit-forward, and elegantly perfumed. Barbaresco needs some time to mature before being ready to drink, but less so than Barolo, and the typical bottle is best enjoyed between five and 15 years from the harvest.

Barbaresco wines are highly aromatic and complexly flavored, with notes of rose petal, cherry, strawberry, violets, and spice. Bottle aging can add more savory characteristics of iron and tar, as well as dried orange peel. Four villages within the Barbaresco DOCG zone can produce Barbaresco: the actual village of Barbaresco, as well as Neive, Treiso and San Rocco Seno d'Elvio.

Nebbiolo

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Responsible for some of the most elegant and age-worthy wines in the world, Nebbiolo is the star variety of northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Grown throughout the area as well as in neighboring Valle d’Aosta and Valtellina, it is at its best in the Piedmontese villages of Barolo and Barbaresco. Nebbiolo is a finicky grape, and needs a very particular soil type in order to thrive. Outside of Italy, it often fails to show the captivating aromas for which it is so beloved, but some success has been achieved in parts of California.

In the Glass

Nebbiolo is an elegant variety with mouthwatering acidity and a compelling perfume of rose petals, violets, fresh tar, licorice, clay, and dried cherries. Light in color and body, Nebbiolo is a more powerful wine than one might expect, and its firm tannins typically need time to mellow. With age, it develops a velvety texture and a stunningly complex bouquet.

Perfect Pairings

Nebbiolo’s love affair with food starts in Piedmont, which is home to the Slow Food movement and some of Italy’s best produce. The region is famous for its white truffles and wild boar ragu, both of which make for excellent pairings with Nebbiolo.

Sommelier Secret

If you can’t afford to drink Barolo and Barbaresco every night, try the more wallet-friendly, earlier-drinking Langhe Nebbiolo or Nebbiolo d'Alba. Also search out the fine offerings of the nearby Roero region. North of the Langhe and Roero, find earthy and rustic versions of the variety (known here as “Spanna”) in Ghemme and Gattinara.

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