2017 La Spinetta Barbera d’Asti ‘Ca Di Pian’ 375ml

from Piedmont, Italy

$16

If you want to start getting into Italian wines but don’t know where to start, Barbera is your answer.

Aromas of black currant, dried plums, and sage. The palate is dense and mineral-driven with chewy dark fruit flavors like blackberry and plum accented by balsamic and earth notes.

Sustainable farming practices, 5,800 cases produced annually.

Enjoy this with any sort of mushroom or fatty meat dish… or indulge in a combo of both with this Truffle Burger recipe!

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Giorgio Rivetti’s magic touch with Moscato, Barbera, Nebbiolo and, more recently, Sangiovese, Colorino, Vermentino and Sangiovese Rosé has taken the wine world by storm. He produces approachable yet age-worthy wines that command the attention of wine critics and consumers alike, year-in and year-out; their lushness, concentration, aromatics and length are unrivaled. Giorgio’s speedy ascent from Moscato producer in the 1970’s to venerated Barbaresco and Barolo vigneron today is studded with success.

The genius of La Spinetta encompasses a vast array of great wines, all boasting an inimitably approachable and voluptuous style. From Moscato to Nebbiolo to Sangiovese, whatever Giorgio touches turns to gold. His pioneering single-vineyard Barberas and Barbera/Nebbiolo blend “Pin” are considered to be the best of the Langhe. His Barbareschi and Baroli are at the very top of their category. In fact La Spinetta’s wines are among Italy’s most celebrated, as the winery has attained the coveted Tre Bicchieri award for more than 30 of their wines throughout their relatively short career. Let it never be said, however, that the greatness of La Spinetta is inaccessible to the average consumer; from the longtime favorite Barbera d’Asti “Ca’ di Pian,” featured in numerous magazines as a Best Value, to the Langhe Nebbiolo, a bottling of young vine fruit from the famed Starderi vineyard in Barbaresco, the winery offers incredible opportunities to experience the beauty of their best crus at a fraction of the cost.

In addition to the wines of La Spinetta, Giorgio Rivetti and his son Andrea have recently taken ownership of the beautiful and historic Contratto estate, where they produce both sparkling wines and a line of spirits. Giuseppe Contratto founded Contratto in 1867, and the estate remained in the family’s hands for 126 years. In 1993, Carlo Bocchino purchased the property, and the historical cellars underwent substantial renovations. In 2011, Giorgio Rivetti and the La Spinetta took ownership of this understated jewel with the goal of reviving Contratto to its former glory. Today, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Contratto produces traditional method sparkling wine and selected spirits that we are proud to represent.

2017 La Spinetta Barbera d’Asti ‘Cadi Pian’

SIGHT
Color: Garnet
Color Depth: Medium-Deep
Clarity: Clear
Viscosity: Defined

NOSE
Intensity: Aromatic
Aromas/Flavors:
Fruit: Cherry, Strawberry, Blackberry, Black Plum
Flower: Dried Lavender, Violet
Herbs: Dried Herbs
Spice: Black Pepper, Nutmeg, Clove
Earth: Wet Hay
Oak: Vanilla

PALATE
Sweetness: Dry
Body: Medium
Acidity: High
Tannin: Low
Alcohol: 13.5%-14%
Finish: Long

CONCLUSION
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont, Barbera D’Asti
Grape: Barbera
Vintage: 2017
Price: $16
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