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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.

James Suckling on 2018 vintage

The aromas of dried flowers really come out of the glass. It's medium-bodied with creamy tannins and a fine and beautiful finish. Pretty softness and brightness and mouthfeel. Drink or hold.

Wine Advocate on 2018 vintage

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.

Decanter on 2017 vintage

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.

Wine Advocate on 2016 vintage

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.

James Suckling on 2016 vintage

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.

Vinous Media on 2016 vintage

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.

Wine Advocate on 2015 vintage

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.

Vinous Media on 2015 vintage

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.

Wine Advocate on 2014 vintage

The 2014 Monferrato Rosso Pin is a blend of 65% Nebbiolo and 35% Barbera. The Barbera is from the Asti subzone, and you really taste those bright sweet cherry flavors that are characteristic of that area. In fact, the Barbera plays a larger role in the taste profile of the wine with elements that are very focused and bright. With time, however, the quiet but firm nature of Nebbiolo begins to emerge especially on the long finish.

Falstaff Magazine on 2013 vintage

Freshly picked blueberries, black currants and blackberries that together give a bewitching scent. Let's call it steeled grandeur when these fruits are repeated on the palate and flanked by tannins that give the wine its distinctive nature.

James Suckling on 2012 vintage

A full-bodied red with firm, chewy tannins and lots of dark-chocolate, ripe-fruit and spice undertones. Lots of fruit and flavor. Blend of barbera and nebbiolo. Delicious now.

James Suckling on 2010 vintage

A firm, delicious wine with a shaved-chocolate and berry character. Full-bodied and lightly austere with a fresh finish. You want to drink now.

Vinous Media on 2009 vintage

(a 65/35 blend of nebbiolo and barbera, aged in 50% new and 50% once-used barriques): Medium dark red. Currant, blueberry, flowers and spicy oak on the perfumed nose. Then juicy and spicy in the mouth, with the nebbiolo element (and the Taransaud barrels!) dominating today. This medium-bodied wine is a bit less vibrant at this stage than some recent vintages, but finishes with very good structure. I'd wait at least two or three years before pulling the cork.

Vinous Media on 2009 vintage

The 2009 Monferrato Rosso Pin comes across as slightly understated in this vintage, which is surprising, considering how structured the rest of the wines are in this lineup. A sweet, open bouquet leads to expressive ripe red berry fruit. Overall, this is fairly straightforward Pin with good balance but not the personality of the best wines.

Wine Advocate on 2008 vintage

The 2008 Monferrato Rosso Pin is fabulous. Sweet balck cherries, plums, flowers, tobacco and incense are some of the notes that flow this extorverted, exotic red. Layers of fruit build effortlessly to the long finish, underpinned by clean, minral notes that give the wine its energy and focus. This is a great showing from Gorgio Rivetti's first important red wine. Pin is 65% Barbaera (from Bionzo) and 35% Nebbiolo (from Starderi). Anticipated maturity: 2013-2013. This is a superb set of wines from Giorgio Rivetti. The 2008 Barbareschi are among the strongest wines of the year, while the 2007 Barolo Campe is the best wine to emerge from Rivetti's vineyards in Grinzane Cavour. The La Spinetta style focusing on wines of great textural richness remains intact, but is dealed in to a greater degree with each passing vintage.

Wine Advocate on 2007 vintage

The estate's 2007 Monferrato Rosso Pin (65% Nebbiolo, 35% Barbera d'Asti Bionzo) si gorgeous in this vintage. A blast of sweet perfumed cherries leads to roses, spices and minerals. The Barbera seams to provide a core of gorgeous, expressive fruit while the Nebbiolo gives the wine its sense of proportion. Everything is beautifully balanced in this highly pleasing red. A few years of cellaring should help soften the tannins, but the wine's pedigree is amply evident even at this early stage. In 2007, the Pin spent 16-18 months in new French oak. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017. This is a highly successful set of new releases from La Spinetta. The wines show great balance and class across the board.

Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri on 2006 vintage

Received the rating of 3 Glasses for extraordinary wines

Vinous Media on 2005 vintage

Medium red-ruby. Subtly perfumed nose offers currant, strawberry, flowers, minerals, tobacco and fresh herbs. Sweet, floral and plant, with very good clarity and depth to the flavors of red fruits, dried flowers and minerals. A very suave, ripe and harmonious blend of nebbiolo and barbera, finishing with enticing juicy persistence and the energy of the vintage. A superb vintage for this bottling.

Wine Advocate on 2005 vintage

The estate's 2005 Pin (65% Nebbiolo, 35% Barbera) is a lovely, engaging effort with floral aromatics, a soft, expansive core of fruit and well-integrated oak. As is characteristic of the vintage, this is a smaller-scaled wine, but it is also beautifully proportioned in that context. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2015. This is a very strong set of releases from La Spinetta and proprietor Giorgio Rivetti. The 2004 Barbaresos are easily the best of his career. The wines still see 100 French oak, but toast levels have been reduced and Barbarescos now spend 12 months in oak rather than the 18 months they saw in previouly vintages. Both changes have had a remarkable positive effect in allowing more site-specific character and Nebbiolo fruit to come through. The 2003 Barolo Campe shows that Rivetti is making important strides with this wine as well. Only the 2005 Barberas are disappointing, but that is not surprising given the uneven growing season. In the past La Spinetta was an estate that relied just as much on style as substance. The 2004 Barbarescos, and especially the Starderi, are the first wines that truly live up to the glamorous image that Giorgio Rivetti has masterfully succeeded in creating.

Vinous Media on 2001 vintage

(65% nebbiolo, 30% barbera d"Asti superiore and 5% cabernet souvignon) Bright ruby. Black fruitts, cherry, violet and sexy oakly tones on the nose. Bright and vinous, with stong flavors of blackberry and graphite firmed by sound acids. I might have picked this wine blind as cabernet. Chewy and broad, if not showing strong personality today. Finishes with substantial but ripe tannins and lingering notes of dark berries and violet. Rivetti's did not make a 2002 Pin, and beginning with the 2003 the cabernet sauvignon will be omitted from the blend.

Wine Advocate on 2000 vintage

The exotic 2000 Pin Monferrato Roso (a blend of 25% Barbera, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 50% Nebbiolo aged 18 months in the new French oak) reveals a smoky, full-bodied style along with kinky nose of black fruits mixed with vanilla, spice box, and espresso. Rich and chewy, with moderate tannin as well as a sweet, long, concentrated finish, it should be consumed over the next decade, although I suspect it will last longer.

Wine Advocate on 1999 vintage

Rivetti's blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Nebbiolo, the 1999 Pin Monferrato Rosso is an exotic, ripe, luxuriously intense effort displaying extravagant flavors that border on excess. It is voluptuously-textured with intense aromas of red and black fruits, smoke, and new oak. While there is a tendency to think of this as an internationally-style offering, Nebbiolo gives the wine a finesse and complexity not found in most new breed wines. Its texture, richness, and thickness are a total turn-on. Who knows how it will age, but certainly it is impossible to resist at present. My instincts suggest drinking it over the next 7-8 years., but it may be uncommonly long lived.

Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri on 1998 vintage

Received the rating of 3 Glasses for extraordinary wines

Vinous Media on 1998 vintage

Saturated bright ruby. Multidimentional nose of cassis, blackberry, raspberry, violet, espresso, mint and spicy oak. Uncanny sweetness and luchness but harmonious acids give the berry and spice flavors great snap and verve. Hugely concentrated yet quite suave and light on its feet. Finishes with rich, dusty tannins and outstanding length.

Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri on 1996 vintage

Received the rating of 3 Glasses for extraordinary wines

Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri on 1995 vintage

Received the rating of 3 Glasses for extraordinary wines

Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri on 1994 vintage

Received the rating of 3 Glasses for extraordinary wines

Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri on 1993 vintage

Received the rating of 3 Glasses for extraordinary wines

Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri on 1990 vintage

Received the rating of 3 Glasses for extraordinary wines

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