La Spinetta Castagnole Delle Lanze Barbera d'Asti Ca' di Pian 2004
Grape variety: 100% Barbera Alcohol content:13.5 vol Received awards: bronze medal Decanter Average production: 81,000 bottles (17% of entire LA SPINETTA production) Average yield per ha:35000 bottles First vintage:1985 Colour: ruby red with purple reflections Bouquet:very dense, with scents reminding of Marasca cherry, violets followed by plum Taste:fresh and fruity, the acidity is balanced by generous alcohol and mild tannins Evolution: 10 to 15 years Available bottle sizes: normal Pairings: all kinds of appetizers and light cheeses
External Reviews for La Spinetta Castagnole Delle Lanze Barbera d'Asti Ca' di Pian
Solid blackberry and chocolate character, with hints of meat. Medium-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and a fruity finish. Drink now.
Mineral, flowers, ripe fruit and toasty oak aromas follow through to a full body, with soft tannins and a citrus fruit aftertaste. Drink now.
Bright ruby-red. Blackberry, violet and spices on the lively nose. Ripe and juicy, with harmonious acidity framing the dark fruit, fresh herb and mineral flavors. Not overly oaky despite the fact that it spent almost a year in one- and two-year-old barriques. Finishes with very good length and cut, and little in the way of tannins.
Good deep ruby. Blackberry, violet and bitter chocolate on the nose. Wonderfully sweet, sappy and full, with superb acidity giving life to this very rich, chocolatey wine. Sexy oak complements the wine's fruit. The quality of this wine is on the upswing, as most of Rivetti's best Asti barbera now goes into this bottling. Previously the old-vines juice went into a Superiore, but now Rivetti does a separate Superiore bottling entirely from his new vineyard, Bionzo.
Always an attractive wine, the 2004 Barbera d’Asti Ca’ di Pian shows plenty of sweet dark plumy fruit with excellent concentration on the palate and a lovely underlying note of minerality that provides freshness. It is sure to provide much pleasure over the next several years. Anticipated maturity: 2007–2010.
La Spinetta, the producer of our number 2 Barbera, takes a much more modern approach toward its wines. But while its 2004 Ca’di Pian Barbera d’Asti has certainly seen some small oak barrels, the wine does not taste overly modern at all, because the effect of the oak is so well harmonized with the character of the Barbera grape. If I had a yard and an outdoor grill, I’d want bottles of... La Spinetta nearby... rich, ripe and a little exotic, with spicy wild cherry flavors.
Bright ruby-red. Blackberry and cassis aromas display a liqueur-like ripeness. A rich, concentrated fruit bomb in the mouth, with concentrated flavors of black fruits, violet and licorice. Finishes long and powerful. Impressively rich for a barbera from vines less than ten years old.