Wine Details

La Spinetta Pin Monferrato Rosso DOC

Named in honor of La Spinetta founder Giuseppe “Pin” Rivetti, this Nebbiolo/Barbera blend is supple and silky with an alluring aromatic presence of dark berries, shaved chocolate and hints of leather. The wine opens with the approachability and fruity appeal of Barbera, but continues with the length and elegance of Nebbiolo, each grape perfectly complimenting the other. Enjoyable early, but will also evolve nicely after a few years in the cellar.

Region:

Producer:

La Spinetta Piedmont

Varietal:

65% Nebbiolo 35% Barbera

Vineyard:

Castagnole, Neive, Barbaresco 2.2 ha, south exposure

Yield:

2,500 bottles/ha

Aging:

Aged in new medium toasted French barriques for 16-18 months, no filtration or clarifying

Alcohol content:

14.0%

Age of vines:

30-70 years

Production:

40,000 bottles

Soil:

Calcareous

Average altitude:

200 m

Vinification:

Separate fermentation for 7-8 days in temperature controlled rotofermenters, malolactic fermentation in oak

Harvest:

Middle to end of September

First vintage:

1989

Cellar:

La Spinetta, Castagnole Lanze

Bottling:

Blending of the two wines and transfer to stainless steel vats for 2 months before bottling, aging in bottles for another 3 months

Release:

January, 2 years after harvest

Recent press reviews

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La Spinetta Pin Monferrato Rosso DOC 2018

Wine Advocate (92)- "A blend of Nebbiolo with some Barbera, the La Spinetta 2018 Monferrato Rosso Pin reveals a pretty and lasting bouquet with a prominent theme of red roses and dried flowers. The Barbera is used in a supporting role, but it adds enough freshness and fruity concentration to change the personality of this wine and immediately open it to a vast selection of food pairings, from pasta with meat sauce or braised beef."

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La Spinetta Pin Monferrato Rosso DOC 2017

Decanter (92)- "First produced in 1989, this wine is dedicated to Giorgio Rivetti’s father, who was nicknamed Pin. It starts with cedar, eucalyptus and pressed flowers. As it opens, intriguing notes of sweet wild raspberry, cocoa and liquorice emerge. At the moment, the palate is slightly angular with dusty tannins and tangy, concentrated acidity. Wait a year for the oak to settle in and the structure to soften. Lots to chew on here. Drinking Window 2023 – 2031."

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La Spinetta Pin Monferrato Rosso DOC 2016

Wine Advocate (93)- "The 2016 Monferrato Rosso Pin is a blend of mostly Nebbiolo with some Barbera in a supporting role. The wine offers lots of cherry and a distinctive mineral note of crushed aspirin or chalk. Those two sides of the wine, the sweetness of the fruit and that dryness, work nicely together to build the aromatic profile of this elegant production."