James Suckling

LA SPINETTA BARBARESCO VIGNETO GALLINA 2012
94 points
Crazy aromas of Indian spices and fresh herbs with an undertone of ripe plums. Full body, round tannins and rich, delicious palate. Shows so much beauty and length.
Needs two or three years to soften, but already decadent and seductive.

LA SPINETTA BARBARESCO VIGNETO BORDINI 2011
93 points
Aromas of flower leaf, dried fruit and spice follow through to a full body with round, chewy tannins and a savory, tea, ginger and berry aftertaste. Tannic and structured.
Better in 2017.

LA SPINETTA BARBARESCO VIGNETO STARDERI 2012
93 points
A solid wine for the vintage with blueberry, rose-leaf and fresh-herb aromas and flavors. Full body with firm, chewy tannins and a long, structured finish.
Needs at least three to four years to soften: Give it time.

LA SPINETTA BARBERA ASTI BIONZO 2012
93 points
A really excellent Barbera with plenty of dried berries such as blueberries and blackberries. Full body, round tannins and a crisp, flavorful finish.
I could drink the whole bottle myself.

LA SPINETTA BARBERA ALBA GALLINA 2012
92 points
A bright, delicious barbera with lots of blueberry, shaved-dark-chocolate and spice aromas and flavors. Full body, firm tannins and a long, flavorful finish.
Drink now.

LA SPINETTA BARBERA ASTI CA DI PIAN 2012
91 points
Extremely perfumed with violet and blackberry aromas. Full body with firm, silky tannins and an attractive acid-fruit balance on the finish that titillates your palate.
Drink now.

LA SPINETTA MONFERRATO ROSSO PIN 2012
91 points
A full-bodied red with firm, chewy tannins and lots of dark-chocolate, ripe-fruit and spice undertones. Lots of fruit and flavor. Blend of barbera and nebbiolo.
Delicious now.

CIACCI PICCOLOMINI D'ARAGONA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2011
94 points
The aromas of wet earth, sliced mushroom and blueberry are very pretty. Full body, firm tannins. Structured and firm. Excellent. One of the wines of the vintage.
Drink now or hold.

CIACCI PICCOLOMINI D'ARAGONA ROSSO DI MONTALCINO 2013
90 points
A fresh, vibrant rosso from this vintage with strawberry and cedar aromas and flavors. Medium body, bright acidity and a clean finish. Savory.
Drink now.