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.” – Renato Vacca
Cantina del Pino Dolcetto d’Alba 2015
“Plum, cherry, a bit of liquorice, and a little rose oil. Medium bodied, firm acidity and ‘minerally’ feel, with some grilled meat and spice, a dusting of chalky tannin, and solid savoury length. Great drinking.” – 91 Points Gary Walsh, WineFront.com.au
Cantina del Pino Barbaresco Ovello 2012
“Dark cherry, red fruits, almond, spice, slightly dusty wood, basil, liquorice and tobacco. Bright and fresh, raspberry and cherry shot through with dried herb and spice, brisk minerally acidity, dry and fine tannin – like the buff a pumice stone – pulling savoury again, with black and raspberry tea, and flowering basil perfume. A couple more years, and it’ll be game on.” – 94 Points Gary Walsh, WineFront.com.au
Cantina del Pino Barbaresco Albesani 2012
“Bold wine, packed with black cherry, liquorice and menthol, new leather, clove and cinnamon spice. Full bodied, fleshy grainy tannin, raspberry and black cherry, liquorice coming through strong to taste, clean acidity, a slight burr of alcohol, but pretty well contained, then a robust finish with firm tannin pushing through. Very good, though it obviously needs a few more years to settle in.” – 93 Points Gary Walsh, WineFront.com.au
Cantina del Pino Barbaresco 2012
“Dusty and spicy, cherry boiled lollies, floral, fresh mint. Medium bodied, succulent with an almost cordial-like intensity to the red fruits (which settles down into juicy cherry with sufficient airtime), a lattice of open weave tannin, good freshness, and a perfumed cherry finish of fine length. Needs a bit of time to settle itself down, but a very attractive wine here. Something of a bargain too.” – 93 Points Gary Walsh, WineFront.com.au
Cantina del Pino Barbaresco 2010
“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, WineFront.com.au