2019 Cantina Del Pino Barbera d'Alba

92 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
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This Barbera from Italy's Piedmont is beautifully lush and bright. Quality fruit is lovingly hand harvested by the Vacca family, who have been on these legendary hillsides for more than a century and whose pioneering forefather was first to label Nebbiolo under the now-famous village name 'Barbaresco'. But this Barbera is a more drink-young affair, and despite fine tannins and age-worthy acidity this expressive red is ready to enjoy now with food. Superb value.
$35.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle

Grape

Barbera

Its Origins

The ex-director of Alba’s Royal Enological School Domizio Cavazza purchased this property in 1894, confounding locals by deciding against investing in the famous Barolo area. He had correctly identified the potential of the Nebbiolo grape here, on hills above an obscure village called Barbaresco, and it was on this property that he produced the very first wines under the now-famous Barbaresco appellation. Some years later it was purchased by the Vacca family, Renato Vacca being the current proprietor. With approximately equal range (40-70 years) in both the age of the vines and of that of the family workforce of aunts and uncles that look after them, the production of Cantina del Pino is the perfect balance of clean and polished, temperature-controlled modern winemaking with an authentic edge and local flavour. Antonio Galloni: “Humble, down-to-earth, yet intensely driven, Renato Vacca is making some of the most exciting wines in the region. Vacca’s holdings are concentrated in and around the Ovello vineyard, a site long noted for its combination of cooler microclimate and poor soils, which give structured, age-worthy Barbarescos. Not only were the wines from Cantina del Pino among the standouts of my tastings, they also happen to be among the best values in Barbaresco. In short, I can’t say enough good things about the wines of Renato Vacca. Readers owe it to themselves to check out this up-and-coming producer.”

What The Critics Say

92/100 Vinous, Antonio Galloni

"The 2019 Barbera d'Alba Superiore is a powerful, deep wine. It emerges from old vines in Ovello, from a site that could probably make a great Barbaresco, such is the wine's obvious pedigree and power. I would open the 2019 well in advance. Readers will find a Barbera of uncommon depth and structure.” Drink 2021 - 2029

Variety Barbera
Region Piedmont
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.00%
Maturity 2021 - 2029

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with GAME
with LAMB

Taste

4

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