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Cantina del Pino, Barbaresco 'Ovello', 2017


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Cantina del Pino has been producing wine in Barbaresco since 1997, but the Vacca family have been making wine in the region for much longer. Domizio Cavazzo established the vineyard in 1894, predating the official Barbaresco appellation by 72 years. Strong tannins create a foundation for layers of prunes, licorice and dried cherries to create a strong fruit character.


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Cantina del Pino possesses some of the oldest vines in Barbarersco. Grape production has been part of the Vacca family for four generations, with their most famous vineyard holdings centered around the Ovello cru. Along with nebbiolo, the cantina also produces barbera, dolcetto, amd freisa.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 94
"Considering the untimely passing of Renato Vacca in March of 2020, there is a lot of emotion coming back to this wine: It has always been an expression of Barbaresco nostalgia and romanticism, even when its creator was alive and well, working in these vines located directly under his family house. The Cantina del Pino 2017 Barbaresco Ovello bears his winemaking imprint with balance and elegance that never misses a beat. This vintage offers more density and concentration for sure, and the positioning of the Ovello cru overlooking the Tanaro River Valley sets the wine up for open-knit characteristics and suave softness. Those impressions are amplified in this vintage but are not overblown. Some 6,000 bottles were released and you get terrific value in this bottle. The wine is set to hit the market in September 2021." -Robert Parker

Wine Enthusiast

WE 95
"Underbrush, camphor, cedar and mature dark-skinned fruit aromas come to the forefront along with spicy notes. Full-bodied and firmly structured but also boasting a surprising weightlessness, the palate features dried cherry, steeped prune, licorice and tobacco set against a firm backbone of tightly knit, close-grained tannins. It's still youthfully austere so give it time to fully develop." -Kerin O'Keefe


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  • Vintage


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  • Style

    Earthy , Elegant , Tannic

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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