Wine Details

La Spinetta Barbera D'Asti Ca di Pian DOCG

Though the Barbera grape from Asti usually tends to be crisper and sharper (when compared to the Barbera grape from Alba), the Ca’ di Pian exudes a rich concentration and relatively tame acidity, thanks to 45-year-old vines and low vineyard yields. Aromas of blueberry, wet earth and a hint of orange peel come through, and this Barbera’s full body and intensity are balanced by a silky smooth finish, combining richness with finesse.

Region:

Producer:

La Spinetta Piedmont

Varietal:

100% Barbera

Vineyard:

Castagnole and Costigliole, 25 ha, south exposure

Yield:

3,500 bottles/ha

Aging:

Aged in partly new and partly used medium toasted French barriques for 12 months, no filtration or clarifying

Alcohol content:

14.0%

Age of vines:

27-32 years

Production:

80,000 bottles

Soil:

Calcareous

Average altitude:

300 m

Vinification:

Alcoholic fermentation for 7-8 days in temperature controlled roto-fermenters, malolactic fermentation in oak

Harvest:

Beginning to middle of October

First vintage:

1985

Cellar:

La Spinetta, Catagnole Lanze

Bottling:

Transfer to stainless steel vats for 6 months before bottling, aging in bottles for another 2 months

Release:

May, 30 months after harvesting

Recent press reviews

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La Spinetta Barbera D'Asti Ca di Pian DOCG 2016

Vinous Media (90)- "La Spinetta's 2016 Barbera d'Asti Ca di Pian is soft, plummy and very tasty. I would prefer to drink it over the next few years, while the fruit remains vibrant. Red and purplish berry fruit with a touch of spice is nicely pushed forward by bright acids. The 2016 is absolutely delicious, especially with a little aeration. "

91

La Spinetta Barbera D'Asti Ca di Pian DOCG 2014

James Suckling (91)- "A rich and fruity wine with oyster shell and dark berry character. Some wet earth. Medium to full body. Flavorful finish. Serious. Well done for 2014. Drink now."

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La Spinetta Barbera D'Asti Ca di Pian DOCG 2014

Wine Advocate (91)- "The Barbera grape from Asti tends to show crisper lines and sharper acidity when compared to the Barbera grape from Alba. However, this interpretation is more difficult to peg down. The 2014 Barbera d'Asti Ca' di Pian is a mid-weight effort with a dark appearance and rich concentration. Fruit comes from 45-year-old vines so that richness comes naturally. Yields were farmed low, and the wine's acidity has been greatly tamed as a result. This was a bad vintage for Barbera, but you would never know it, thanks to the high quality presented in this wine."