2009 La Spinetta Barbaresco Valeirano
La Spinetta was founded in 1977 when Giuseppe and Lydia Riveti had returned to Italy from their vineyard in Argentina, to produce a superior Moscato. By 1995 he was producing his first outstanding Barbaresco's from a single vineyard. He continued to acquire new land for more single vineyard bottlings.
Giuseppe's three sons eventually took over the empire and continued the growth which has lead to more than thirty Tre-Bicchieri's and been named winery of the year by Gambero Rosso, Italy's most important wine publication.
Giorgio Rivetti produces approachable yet age-worthy wines that command the attention of wine critics and consumers alike; their lushness, concentration, aromatics and length are unrivaled in Italy. "Never lose contact with the vineyard" was his parents' advice, Giorgio says and thus he and his brothers continue to be in the vineyards all year long.
"Good versions of both Barbaresco and Barolo are beautifully aromatic of red fruits, flowers, licorice and tar. They tend to be electric in acidity, and can be fiercely tannic. With aging, they develop complex flavors of truffles and earth. The best offer a mind-bending combination of intensity, finesse and grace." NYTimes
The 2009 Barbaresco Valeirano shows the strength to last for some time but is enjoyable right now. The nose opens quickly with enchanting fragrances of berries, perfume and spice and continues with great balance on the palette showing nice fruit and bold but smooth tannin.
Galloni scored it 93 points and described it this way. "Mint, rose petals, sweet red berries and cinnamon are some of the many notes that emerge from the 2009 Barbaresco Valeirano. The Valeirano is a wine built on a serious core of structure and linearity. With time in the glass, the wine's exotic inner sweetness emerges somewhat, but the tannins are always present. "
Steven Tanzer also scored it at 93 and James Suckling at 95 points.
Italy, Piedmont, Barbaresco
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