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La Spinetta Castagnole Delle Lanze Barbera d'Asti Ca' di Pian 2004

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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

Region: Italy » Piemonte » Asti » Barbera d'Asti

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Winery: La Spinetta
Color: Red
Varietal: Barbera
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La Spinetta:
The Story: The Rivetti family story begins in the 1890s, when Giovanni Rivetti, grandfather of the three Rivetti brothers, Carlo, Bruno and Giorgio, left Piedmont for Argentina. Like many Italians of that time, he dreamed of returning rich and a powerful man, perhaps even one day able to make a great wine in his homeland. He never did, though his son, Giuseppe (nicknamed Pin) did. Pin married ... Read more
The Story: The Rivetti family story begins in the 1890s, when Giovanni Rivetti, grandfather of the three Rivetti brothers, Carlo, Bruno and Giorgio, left Piedmont for Argentina. Like many Italians of that time, he dreamed of returning rich and a powerful man, perhaps even one day able to make a great wine in his homeland. He never did, though his son, Giuseppe (nicknamed Pin) did. Pin married Lidia, bought vineyards and began to make wine. In 1977 the family took up residence at LA SPINETTA (top of the hill) in Castagnole Lanze. It was the heart of the Moscato d’Asti country, home of a rather light and simple dessert wine. But the Rivettis believed that Moscato had the potential for greatness and set out to prove it by making Moscato Bricco Quaglia and Biancospino. Eventually though the family’s vision was even grander. In 1985 LA SPINETTA made its first red wine, Barbera Cà di Pian. After this many great reds followed: In 1989 the Rivettis dedicated their red blend Pin to their father. In 1995 they started to make their first Barbaresco, Gallina. In 1996 and 1997 the Barbarescos Starderi, Barbera d'Alba Gallina and Barbaresco Valeirano follow. In 1998 premiered the Barbera d'Asti Superiore. In 2000 the family’s ambition of also making a Barolo became reality. The Rivettis acquired vineyards in Grinzane Cavour and built a state of the art cellar, Barolo Campè. Since 2003 visitors are welcomed to visit also Campè, outside the town, Grinzane Cavour. In 2001 LA SPINETTA expanded over the borders of Piedmont and acquired 65 hectares of vineyards in Tuscany, between Pisa and Volterra to make three different 100% Sangiovese wines, as Sangiovese to La Spinetta, is the true ambassador of the Tuscan terrain. Read less

External Reviews for La Spinetta Castagnole Delle Lanze Barbera d'Asti Ca' di Pian

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Solid blackberry and chocolate character, with hints of meat. Medium-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and a fruity finish. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Mineral, flowers, ripe fruit and toasty oak aromas follow through to a full body, with soft tannins and a citrus fruit aftertaste. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
06/19/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


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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

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