Barbera d'Asti, Cantina del Pino
Four generations of Vacca family members have produced grapes here at the vineyards, which are clustered around Ovello hill. The property’s alkaline limestone soil composition and unique microclimate produce a structured, age worthy Barbaresco wine. The Vacca family uses no chemical fertilization, no pesticides either, nor herbicides. They manage the details in production and control with a hands-on mentality that follows the older natural ways that respect that same land.
Terrific Barbera here, full of fruit balanced by freshening acidity and very low tannins. Their Alba Barbera has hogged the spotlight in recent years, but this juicy-fresh red from Asti is a terrific value star.