1996 La Spinetta Monferrato Rosso Pin

September 16, 2014

Name:Monferrato Rosso Pin
Vintage:1996
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Nebbiolo, Barbera
Producer:La Spinetta
Region:Italy / Asti
Alcohol:n/a

Oh boy…feels like the peak of their love affair with small barrels. Massively extractive and dense. Feels like it went through double-barrique treatment. Little fruit left (but feels like there wasn’t that much to start with). Very earthy, leathery and dry, but definitely not on the elegant side. Curious to retry in case this was an off bottle, but if it wasn’t – not my wine.

2004 La Spinetta Monferrato Rosso Pin

September 14, 2014

Name:Monferrato Rosso Pin
Vintage:2004
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Nebbiolo, Barbera
Producer:La Spinetta
Region:Italy / Asti
Alcohol:n/a

Looks like 1-12 years is the perfect age for Pin. Although not an easily identifiable nose, it is a very pleasing one – dusty velvet and leather laced with violets and distant strawberry. Good texture, evolved, but no signs of flab. Sweet, salty and sun-dried fruit flavor stories, some hint of prunes, but not quite that funky. Will finish off the last bottle I have left by the end of the year – no sense in keeping it longer, and I need to free up some room in the storage)).