Italy – Barbaresco
All of Cantina del Pino’s vineyards are located in the Barbaresco appellation. They are a small winery and the vineyards are all family managed. Winemaker Renato Vacca’s father Adriano and mother Carla still work in the vineyards along with aunts, uncles and family friends. They use no chemical fertilization and have a strong respect and passion for the environment.
Their Barbaresco vineyards are an average age of 40 years with some as old as 70 and some vines as young as 35. The favoured Ovello vineyard sits at an altitude of 300 meters and has a south and southeast exposure.
“This land has been in my family for generations and these vineyards are some of the best in Barbaresco. From the time I was a young boy I worked year round in these vineyards and I understand that without superior grapes you can’t make superior wine. I know how lucky I am. “
The 2010 Barbaresco: “Barolo gets more press, but a great Barbaresco is just as good. Raspberry and cherry, hazelnuts and roses, tobacco, almost a rosemary thing going on, plus some spice and pepper. Medium bodied, firm tannin, quite gummy and assertive, though softening with air time, tight acidity and a nutty finish of excellent length. Less bold and ripe than the 2008, more controlled. What a beauty!”
94+ Points Gary Walsh, The Wine Front