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.



La Spinetta Piedmont


65% Nebbiolo 35% Barbera


Castagnole, Neive, Barbaresco 2.2 ha, south exposure


2,500 bottles/ha


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

Alcohol content:


Age of vines:

30-70 years


40,000 bottles



Average altitude:

200 m


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


Middle to end of September

First vintage:



La Spinetta, Castagnole Lanze


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


January, 2 years after harvest

Recent press reviews


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."


La Spinetta Pin Monferrato Rosso DOC 2016

James Suckling (93)- "Dried-fruit, meat and citrus aromas follow through to a full body with chewy tannins that are focused and intense. This needs time to open and soften. Try after 2023."


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."