Cantina del Pino Barbaresco DOCG 2009 (Piedmont, Italy) - [AG 91] [WE 91] [ST 90] [WS 90]

Cantina del Pino Barbaresco DOCG 2009
(Piedmont, Italy) - [AG 91] [WE 91] [ST 90] [WS 90]

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About This Wine:

100% Nebbiolo grapes grown in the hills above Barbaresco. Delicate perfume with aromas of dark cherry and black pepper and a hint of tobacco from a fine cigar. Elegant and fully ripe with intense fruit and wonderful structure and balance.
Aged two years in oak and one year in the bottle, this wine is drinking very well now and will age for many years.

Ratings & Reviews

91 Points - Antonio Galloni:
"The 2009 Barbaresco wraps around the palate with soft, caressing fruit. This juicy, up-front Barbaresco is an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years. Renato Vacca has succeeded in giving his Barbaresco considerable finesse without losing the essential Nebbiolo tannins and overall structure." - Antonio Galloni (October 2012)

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"Cantina del Pino makes some of the finest Barbaresco available today. This shows a succulent quality, with aromas of smoked bacon, wild berries and forest underbrush. Savory and sophisticated, this has loads of personality." - M.L. (9/1/2012)

90 Points - Stephen Tanzer:
"Good full medium red. Very ripe aromas of cherry, smoke and faded flowers. Sweet, harmonious and consistent, with strawberry and floral flavors spreading out nicely on the palate without leaving any impression of undue weight. Nicely integrated acidity and late-arriving tannins contribute to the impression of balance. Nicely done." - Stephen Tanzer (November 2013)

90 Points - Wine Spectator:
"Already beginning to reveal aromas and flavors of truffle and tar, this supple red is balanced and harmonious. Could still use a year or two for the tannins to soften. Best from 2014 through 2024. 1,000 cases made." – BS (Mar 31, 2013)

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2008 Vintage):
"The 2008 Barbaresco comes across as quite elegant and Burgundian in this vintage. Sweet dark cherries, spices, mint and crushed flowers are some of the notes that take shape in the glass in this, bright, focused Barbaresco. The 2008 possesses terrific energy and polish from start to finish. This is a beautifully balanced wine from Cantina del Pino. The 2008 was made 50% from an east facing parcel of Ovello in the Morassino district. The other 50% of the fruit was sourced from the west-facing part of Ovello, plus Vacca’s smaller holdings in Starderi, Gallina and Albesani. How’s that for a superb quartet of vineyards? Anticipated maturity: 2016-2028." - Antonio Galloni (Oct 2011)

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine (2008 Vintage):
"Cantina del Pino is a true manufacturer of delight and magic. This pristine, elegant but mature Barbaresco is a prime example of this vintner’s exciting potential. Aromas of jammy berry, cola, cedar and smoke are carefully layered and stacked tall. Open in 5–10 years." — M.L. (9/1/2011)

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2007 vintage)
"The 2007 Barbaresco emerges from the glass with red cherries, flowers, mint, minerals and licorice in a gorgeous expression of Nebbiolo. The 2007 shows the warmth and openness of the vintage in a restrained, highly polished, mid-weight style that is utterly irresistible. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.

Readers who haven’t discovered Cantina del Pino yet owe it to themselves to do so. Proprietor Renato Vacca is making some of the most compelling wines in Piedmont today. Along with Andrea Sottimano, Luca Roagna and Giorgio Pelissero, Vacca is one of the most promising producers among the younger generation in Barbaresco." - Antonio Galloni (Dec 2010)

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine (2007 vintage):
"Cantina del Pino delivers a standout base Barbaresco with a bright ruby color and distinct aromas of dried cassis, leather, tobacco, prune, chestnut honey and blue flower. The wine is packed with bright acidity and tight tannins for long aging. The complexity here is really very special. M.L. (12/1/2010)

90 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine (2007 Vintage):
"With alluring purity to the floral, berry and spice aromas and flavors, this red offers supple, sweet fruit and concentration to match its dense tannins. Sweet spice notes linger on the finish. Full and harmonious. Drink now through 2024. 1,000 cases made." –BS (Mar 31, 2011)

91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2006 vintage):
"The 2006 Barbaresco is simply beautiful. Sweet perfumed cherries, flowers and spices emerge from this mid-weight, firm Barbaresco. The wine offers exceptional elegance and class, with delicate Pinot-like notes that linger on the finish. Today the tannins come across as decidedly youthful, so a few years of cellaring seems wise. This is an exceptional 2006 Barbaresco. The Barbaresco is made from parcels in Ovello, Albesani and Starderi. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021.

My visit with proprietor Renato Vacca was illuminating, as we toured several vineyards during the 2009 harvest and tasted through a number of wines. This year, Vacca has a new Barbaresco from the Albesani vineyard – and it is a knockout. Despite all of his recent success Vacca remains humble and down to earth, qualities that should serve him very well for the future. Readers should do whatever they can to taste these wines, the Barbarescos in particular. Vacca’s entry-level wines are equally delicious but they are made in an approachable style meant for near-term drinking, even if the raw materials suggest they could be crafted in a more serious vein. In today’s economy, though, it is hard to criticize a producer who makes wines that are so appealing when young, particularly at this quality level and price." -Antonio Galloni (10/2009)

90 Points - Wine Spetator Magazine (2006 vintage):
"Sweet strawberry and cherry aromas follow through to a medium body, with fine tannins and a fruity, silky finish. Not a huge wine, but refined and layered. A lovely young red. Best after 2011. 1,000 cases made." –JS (12/15/2009)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2006 vintage):
"Pale-medium red. Sexy aromas of red fruits, truffle and rose petal; very nebbiolo but could use a bit more clarity. Supple and easygoing, with round, moderately deep red fruit flavors. Firm acids and substantial sweet, dusty tannins give this solid structure." - Stephen Tanzer (Nov/Dec 09)