Medium Ruby with aromas of floral, dark berry fruits and oak notes. On the palate flavors of blackberry, ripe cherry, licorice, tobacco and savory vanilla oak spice wrapped in tight firm tannins that need at least 5 more years to start showing finesse. Long finish ending with fruit and earthy mineral spice. Let this one sit for a while, it is a beauty. — 10 days ago
Not my favorite Nebbiolo but I like it. — a month ago
Mycket elegant och välbalanserat vin. 60% Nebbiolo, 30% Barbera och 15% vardera av Cab Sauvignon och Merlot. 18 månader på fransk ek. Nebbiolo mest tydlig men gott med lite fruktiga aromer av de andra tre. — 2 months ago
Medium Ruby with elegant aromas of dark berry fruits, floral and cedar notes. On the palate flavors of blackberry, ripe cherry, licorice, tobacco and savory spice wrapped in mineral character. Tannins are still tight and firm, needing more time. Long finish ending with fruit and minty mineral spice. Let this one sit for a while, it is a beauty. — 11 days ago
Ethereal rusticity—gorgeous wine. Slow ox from the AM, full 6hr decant. Initially rather tight, this blossomed in the Zalto burg glasses. Nose is beguiling—tar, candied cherry, florals. Silky palate, medium acidity, tannic finish. Long life ahead of this. — 2 months ago
If all rose were this food I’d drink a ton of rose.
Nose is heaven. A field of lemon flowers blinded by Nebbiolo flowers.
Palate is so elegant. Savory. God. So delicious. Orange peel. Spice. It’s like An amazing Nebbiolo ... but rose.
Almost like gods Negroni. But low alcohol.
One of the best roses ive had.
Bought from fass selections — 24 days ago
My first time trying one of the wines from Cantina del Pino, an estate with greater ties to Barbaresco’s roots than most. The Vacca family were long a part of the Produttori but in 1997 branched out (yes, a pun: it was they who in the 1920s planted the now iconic pine tree on the highest point of the Ovello lieu-dit), and now produce two single vineyard Barbaresco bottlings (this, and an Albesani), as well as a generic Barbaresco and Langhe, Barbera and Dolcetto wines.
Tragically, winemaker Renato Vacca died in March last year after a yearlong battle with cancer. The 2016 vintage, just bottled, is supposed to be superb.
For now, though, the Ovello from the less lauded 2012 vintage. This is a knockout wine, still young, and with great promise. The nose is very exotic, quite heady & oaky even after a two hour decant, but opened up as the evening progressed, to give gorgeous aromas of macerated cherry, blackberry preserve, cinnamon, cedar and old leather. It screams Nebbiolo, and it’s the first Nebb I’ve had in a year or so.
The palate is very concentrated, with ripe and intense flavours of cranberry, dried cherry, cured meat and tobacco leaf. There is great tension and energy through the mouth, which only this village - or its neighbour - can achieve. The finish is long and impressive. A seductive, ageworthy wine.
94+ — 18 days ago
Far along in the secondary characteristics portion of its life. Tobacco and cherry blossom, wood shavings and thyme. Very enjoyable but time to drink! — 4 months ago