A beautifully polished, boutique Nebbiolo from Barbaresco. It is already on show, with vibrant yet rounded red fruit and floral characters, nuances of umami earth and that overall brightness that makes Nebbiolo so drop dead wonderful. From a family operation that can claim to be the first in Barbaresco. Gorgeous stuff by old hands in the town.
Winery notes (2015 Vintage)
"100% Nebbiolo grapes grown in the hills above Barbaresco. Delicate perfume with aromas of dark cherry and black pepper and a hint of tobacco from a fine cigar. Elegant and fully ripe with intense fruit and wonderful structure and balance. Aged two years in oak and one year in the bottle, this wine is drinking very well now and will age for many years."
92/100 Monica Larner, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2015 Vintage)
"The 2015 Barbaresco by Cantina del Pino starts off gently with delicate notes of wild berry, red rose, toasted spice, licorice and camphor ash. The wine offers all the complexity and elegance you get with Nebbiolo but presented on a slightly lower intensity scale. This wine is geared for near- or medium-term drinking, maybe accompanied by a fondue. Some 12,000 bottles were made. Drink 2020 – 2033."
91/100 Wine Enthusiast (2015 Vintage)
"Enticing scents of rose and perfumed berry mingle with brown pepper and menthol. Elegant and already approachable, the linear, focused palate delivers strawberry compote, cranberry and chopped mint, while fine-grained tannins provide finesse and support. Drink 2021 – 2027."
Reviews for previous vintages below…
94/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, July 2018 (2013 Vintage)
"Sweet cherry, exotic spices (some from oak, I suspect), sage and flowers, almost a Dettol kind of smell?, but don’t mind me. It’s deep and full of fruit, offers plenty of suede-like tannin, more of that spice and ripe red fruit, core of fine acidity, and a slick of tannin on the finish. It’s very good. Needs at least a few years to settle into its skin, but the makings are here."