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 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 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."

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La Spinetta Pin Monferrato Rosso DOC 2016

Vinous Media (92)- "The 2016 Monferrato Rosso Pin (Nebbiolo, Barbera) is bright, floral and vibrant. Crushed rose petal, mint, spice and lavender all open in the glass. The 2016 is a rich, structured wine that balances density with energy. Pin is the wine that made La Spinetta`s reputation in the early days and remains a flagship. The blend is 65% Nebbiolo from Bordini and 35% Barbera from Bionzo."