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Dolcetto d'Alba. Cantina del Pino 2015

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Ferments for five to six days, all SS Tight, musky and a bit reduced on the nose. With air this reveals earthy aromas with some geranium notes and a little smokiness. In the mouth this is very open, very juicy, and in a rather fruity style with good acidity but not a bright cutting acid. Fresh in the mouth, this is quite complex and while the fruit has a candied edge to it, theres a lot of savory sweet spice, earthy, slightly woodland toned nuance adding complexity here. This is pretty natural feeling, neither lean and aggressive nor big and plush it falls right in the middle of the style spectrum with  lots of depth to the fresh cherry and dark raspberry fruit, finishing with a nice blend of acidity, fruit tannin and a little chewy fat and aromatic violet and sand inner mouth perfumes. 90pts

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Cantina del Pino:
"This land has been in my family for generations and these vineyards are some of the best in Barbaresco. From the time I was a young boy I worked year round in these vineyards and I understand that without superior grapes you can't make superior wine. I know how lucky I am. " Renato Vacca - winemaker/owner Cantina del Pino

Editorial Reviews for Dolcetto d'Alba. Cantina del Pino

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 07/09/2013

Ferments for five to six days, all SS Tight, musky and a bit reduced on the nose. With air this reveals earthy aromas with some geranium notes and a little smokiness. In the mouth this is very open, very juicy, and in a rather fruity style with good acidity but not a bright cutting acid. Fresh in the mouth, this is quite complex and while the fruit has a candied edge to it, theres a lot of savory sweet spice, earthy, slightly woodland toned nuance adding complexity here. This is pretty natural feeling, neither lean and aggressive nor big and plush it falls right in the middle of the style spectrum with  lots of depth to the fresh cherry and dark raspberry fruit, finishing with a nice blend of acidity, fruit tannin and a little chewy fat and aromatic violet and sand inner mouth perfumes. 90pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 07/29/2013

Pretty on the nose with a hint of cheesiness and subtle layers of floral and minerals adding detail to the core of black raspberry fruit. A touch lean in the mouth, though with an edge of sweetness to the fruit, this shows off nice acids and crisp if small tannins supporting bright wild raspberry fruit with a touch of wild cherry. The finish is modest showing a minty aspect and tannins that turn a touch drying. 87pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 07/29/2013

Firmly and richly fruited on the nose with a tight core of sliced plum and wild cherry fruit framed by dusty soil notes and topped with a hint of mint. Elegant on entry and a little sweetly fruity though clear on the palate with more depth and power than the 2010. The flavors lean a bit towards the balsamic end of the spectrum with a nice hint of rosemary on the backend. Fine acids and ripe tannins offering nice support right through the strong finish which shows good fruit and complexity,. This has a lovely flavor profile and a crisp texture but it is rather understated. 88pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 07/29/2013

Lovely on the nose, still with a certain sweetness to the warm red berry slight jammy toned cherry fruit backed up by rose petals, and a nice limestone note. This is already easy to drink, soft and slightly creamy, rich without being weighty while delivering raspberry and wild berry fruit on the palate with a nice classic mineral accent. The tannins turn a touch dry on the backend which leads to an elegant yet powerful finish which shows fine fruit driven aromatics along with hints of coffee cream and a slightly roasted fruit character. 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 06/17/2010

graham cracker and beef nose, some liquory medicinal herb tones, nicely put together, still tight and youthful, good freshness and density to the slightly astringent red cherry fruit, wild raspberry, slightly spicy, slightly herbal peppery, nice crisp tannin, ice feel, good sweetness on the palate, not vulgar, nice mineral bitter background note very clear


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 05/22/2009

AWE blind tasting - deep and penetrating with herbal, weedy tones that show off the peachy berry fruit very well, there is a bit of cola sweetness here but there’s also a ton of that attractive, herbal complexity – very soft in the mouth with a lovely bitter cherry, apricot pit tone to the fruit, nice chalk and medicinal tones follow with herb and floral notes leading to the finish which is brisk and transparent, a touch rustic but very attractive 89-90


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 07/29/2013

Richly fruited with an early touch of chocolate on the nose followed by hints of sotto bosco, woodsy wild red berry fruit and a touch of lead pencil. Still a touch reticent in the mouth, this shows how these wines might evolve.The fruitiness fades away a bit leaving fruit that is less sweet complemented by complex notes of soil, rust, and roses. Theres some raspberry coulis on the backend but this shows good clarity and nice tension in the mouth with a long, though slightly pasty finish. 89pts


Member Reviews for Dolcetto d'Alba. Cantina del Pino

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.40 5
Vintage: 2010 07/29/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.40 5
Vintage: 2009 07/29/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 07/29/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Barberesco
721003,196
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 01/02/2013

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Matt W
639143150
2.00 5
Vintage: 2006 02/16/2011

Relatively light, leathery brown-purple color. Awesome sophisticated nose, impressive complexity, medium bodied, very acidic. Despite all that, it just doesn't taste very good. Drinkable with food.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 07/29/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: wine o new york
417953233
1.00 5
Vintage: 2003 04/25/2010

I tried another bottle of this recently, it tasted better a few years back when I first tried it. To be fair I am not a great Nebbiolo fan, for what ever reason I find some of the lower price point bottles to be inconsistent for some reason.


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External Reviews for Dolcetto d'Alba. Cantina del Pino

External Review
Source: Wine Gems @ Perriello's
Vintage: 2011 04/12/2017

Piedmont, ItalyCantina del Pino Barbaresco is a wonderful expression of the Nebbiolo grape from the Barbaresco appellation, located one hour from Torino in the famous Langhe region of Piedmont. Barbaresco sits high above the Tanaro River, where wine grapes grow alongside truffles, hazelnuts and chestnuts. The family of owner/winemaker Renato Vacca has lived in this region for generations. The family's Barbaresco vineyards range from 35 to 70 years in age, bringing depth and complexity to the wines. Antonio Galloni for Parker's Wine Advocate raved about the Cantina del Pino wines: "Proprietor Renato Vacca continues to show he has the magic touch. I would be thrilled to drink any of these magnificent wines." Monica Larner for Wine Advocate scored this wine 92 points. We think it's a gorgeous red wine gem!Cantina del Pino Barbaresco is rich, round and enveloping. Warm southern exposure and a higher percentage of clay in the soil gives this wine structure, rich color and ripeness. There is a wonderful dark red fruit complemented by spices, dried flowers and roses which add complexity on the palate. The intensity of the fruit covers the tannins nicely, and with time the wine's power becomes more evident. Aged in oak barrels for 24 months followed by 2 years in bottles, this big red will reward several years of cellaring and drink best from 2017-2028. It is harmonious and rich with a lingering finish.Enjoy Cantina del Pino Barbaresco with osso buco, lasagna, veal chops and aged cheeses.


External Review
Source: Wine Gems @ Perriello's
Vintage: 2011 08/19/2016

Piedmont, ItalyCantina del Pino Barbaresco is a wonderful expression of the Nebbiolo grape from the Barbaresco appellation, located one hour from Torino in the famous Langhe region of Piedmont. Barbaresco sits high above the Tanaro River, where wine grapes grow alongside truffles, hazelnuts and chestnuts. The family of owner/winemaker Renato Vacca has lived in this region for generations. The family's Barbaresco vineyards range from 35 to 70 years in age, bringing depth and complexity to the wines. Antonio Galloni for Parker's Wine Advocate raved about the Cantina del Pino wines: "Proprietor Renato Vacca continues to show he has the magic touch. I would be thrilled to drink any of these magnificent wines." Monica Larner for Wine Advocate scored the 2011 92 points. Wine Spectator also rated it 92 points. We think it's a gorgeous red wine gem!Cantina del Pino Barbaresco is rich, round and enveloping. Warm southern exposure and a higher percentage of clay in the soil gives this wine structure, rich color and ripeness. There is a wonderful dark red fruit complemented by spices, dried flowers and roses which add complexity on the palate. The intensity of the fruit covers the tannins nicely, and with time the wine's power becomes more evident. Aged in oak barrels for 24 months followed by 2 years in bottles, this big red will reward several years of cellaring and drink best from 2014-2027. It is harmonious and rich with a lingering finish.Enjoy Cantina del Pino Barbaresco with osso bucco, lasagna, veal chops and aged cheeses.


External Review
Source: Wine Gems @ Perriello's
Vintage: 2008 07/27/2014

Piedmont, ItalyCantina del Pino Barbaresco Albesani is a wonderful expression of the Nebbiolo grape from the Barbaresco appellation, located one hour from Torino in the famous Langhe region of Piedmont. Barbaresco sits high above the Tanaro river, where wine grapes grow alongside truffles, hazelnuts and chestnuts. The family of owner/winemaker Renato Vacca has lived in this region for generations. The family's Barbaresco vineyards range from 35 to 70 years in age, bringing depth and complexity to the wines. Antonio Galloni for Parker's Wine Advocate raved about the Cantina del Pino wines: "Proprietor Renato Vacca continues to show he has the magic touch. I would be thrilled to drink any of these magnificent wines." He scored the 2009 Albesani 92 points. Wine Spectator rated it 93 points. We think it's a gorgeous red wine gem!Cantina del Pino Barbaresco Albesani is rich, round and enveloping. Warm southern exposure and a higher percentage of clay in the soil gives this wine structure, rich color and ripeness. There is a wonderful dark red fruit complemented by spices, dried flowers and roses which add complexity on the palate. The intensity of the fruit covers the tannins nicely, and with time the wine's power becomes more evident. Aged in oak barrels for 24 months followed by 2 years in bottles, this big red will reward several years of cellaring and drink best from 2014-2027. It is harmonious and rich with a lingering finish.Enjoy Cantina del Pino Barbaresco Albesani with osso bucco, lasagna, veal chops and aged cheeses.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/11/2011

1 x 750ML Bottle


External Review
Vintage: 2006 11/11/2011

Ein bewundernswerter tiefgründiger und vielschichtiger Wein mit Aromen von dunklen Früchten , Lakritze & Rauch, dazu schokowürzige und balsamische Noten. Eine tolle Gratwanderung zwischen den präsenten Gerbstoffen und der prononcierter Säure auf der einen Seite, sowie die Füllige Frucht und gut stützender Eichenholzwürze auf der anderen beherrschen nur wenige im Piemont.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 11/11/2011

Der am gleichnamigen Hügel in der Lage Loreto aus sandigen Kalkböden wächst, besticht durch seine mineralische und gradlinig-frische Art mit viel Eleganz ohne die Handschrift von Renato Vacca zu vermissen.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 11/11/2011

Albesani stammt aus den leicht wärmeren Lagen, östlich von Neive. Er zeigt sich dunkelbeerig mit viel Kraft am Gaumen und allen Facetten einen Grossen Nebbiolo’s, welche leicht an einen Barolo erinnern.



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