Cantina del Pino




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The Vacca family's estate has been included in the Guide for the first time this year with a selection of remarkably characterful wines. Renato is an enologist and spends most of his time running the cellar while his father, Adriano, devotes his energies to the vineyards. Most of their six hectares lie in the Ovello di Barbaresco subzone, although a small portion is located in Gallina di Nieve. Cantina del Pino, which produces 30,000 bottles a year, was bought by Renato's grandfather in 1925 and has been vinifying its own grapes since 1997. Prior to this, the family sold its harvest to the Cantina dei Produttori del Barbaresco. The offerings of this young winery are the fruit of a happy marriage between tradition and technology.
















The Barbaresco Ovello (1997) is obtained with a brief maceration and ageing in both barriques and large barrels, a combination that really works. Its lush garnet color immediately reveals the wine's potential, confirmed by aromas of black berries and autumn leaves over elegant balsamic notes. The wine's trademark juicy flesh is immediately obvious on the palate, which progresses generously yet softly to explode in a powerful crescendo that ushers in a complex finish which combines suggestions of mint, confectioner's cream, and fruit.
















The youthful color of the Barbera (1998) hints at a wine of substance. Its cherry aromas combines with pepper, hay, and green leaf notes, and the palate is both full-bodied and very satisfying, with a dignified, lingering finish.















The Dolcetto d'Alba (1999), the wine that has made the estate's name over the last few years, is excellent, among the best we tasted.