La Spinetta Barbaresco Cru Valeirano 2010
100% Nebbiolo from the Valeirano site in the village of Neive in the Barbaresco production zone. It's a five hectare south-facing site on calcareous soils, and the vines have an average age of between 50 and 55 years. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled rotofermenters and lasts between six and seven days. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in oak, where the wine is aged for between 20 and 22 months. From these new, medium toast French oak vessels it's transferred to stainless steel vats for three months before bottling with no fining or filtration. It is then rested for a further 12 months in bottle before release. It shows exotic berries and Barolo-like perfume on the nose. The palate is plush with mineral undertones, dried currant and berry fruit. Very long.
James Suckling – Aromas of dried flowers, plums, truffles and dried spices. Full body, firm and chewy tannins and a Rosé petal, dried strawberry and plum aftertaste. This is structured and rich.
Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – Fruit for the 2010 Barbaresco Vigneto Valeirano is harvested at 450 meters above sea level in the Neive township. These conditions shape a radically different character. This wine is precise and sharp with finely etched tones of spice, dark berry and wet earth. The overall structure and power of the wine is super elegant and immediate. You can safely put this bottle away for years. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035.
In a mixed or straight case: $221.34
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