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

93

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."

93+

La Spinetta Pin Monferrato Rosso DOC 2015

Wine Advocate (93+)- "Pin is dedicated to Giuseppe, father of the Rivetti siblings Carlo, Bruno, Giorgio and Giovanna. The La Spinetta 2015 Monferrato Rosso Pin is a blend of 65% Nebbiolo and 35% Barbera. The Barbera comes from the Bionzo vineyard, meanwhile the Nebbiolo represents a selection from old vines in Castagnole Lanze. This is a lovely blend of Piedmont's great red grapes that delivers freshness and bright intensity. Bold cherry and cassis rise to the top, followed by light spice and smoke from barrique aging. The balance between those two grapes, one that adds exuberance and one that adds elegance, is terrific."

92

La Spinetta Pin Monferrato Rosso DOC 2015

Vinous Media (92)- "The 2015 Monferrato Rosso Pin (Nebbiolo/Barbera) is nicely lifted in the glass. Supple and silky on the palate, with lovely aromatic presence, the Pin is a joy to taste today. Stylistically, Pin is quite a bit more finessed than it was in its early days. Despite its easy approachability, the 2015 has enough structure to develop nicely in the cellar for a number of years."