Wine Details

La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina DOCG

A gorgeous wine, vivid and nuanced with sensual aromas of redcurrant, plum, earth, herbs, spices and flowers (rose petals, lavender). On the palate, this top Barbaresco reveals a round, dense texture with a classically dry finish and ripe tannins that dust the front teeth. Sometimes a bit shy at first, Gallina is often considered the most age-worthy of the three top La Spinetta Barbaresco wines, truly blossoming after a bit of time in the cellar. This pretty wine has an aging potential of at least 25-30 years and is ideal paired with grilled food, and rich meat dishes.

Region:

Producer:

La Spinetta Piedmont

Varietal:

100% Nebbiolo

Vineyard:

Gallina, Neive, south exposure

Yield:

60 bottles/ha

Aging:

Aged in medium toasted French barriques for 20-22 months, no filtration or clarifying

Alcohol content:

14.5%

Age of vines:

50-55 years

Production:

11,500 bottles

Soil:

Calcareous

Average altitude:

270 m

Vinification:

Alcoholic fermentation for 7-8 days in temperature controlled roto-fermenters, malolactic fermentation in oak

Harvest:

Beginning to middle of October

First vintage:

1995

Cellar:

La Spinetta, Catagnole Lanze

Bottling:

Transfer to stainless steel vats for 3 months before bottling, aging in bottles for another 12 months

Release:

January, 3 years after harvest

Recent press reviews

94

La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina DOCG 2017

Wine Advocate (94)- "La Spinetta's 2017 Barbaresco Gallina Vürsù draws its fruit from a site in Neive with old vines. Intensity and richness are two qualities often associated with the wine made at this historic estate. A rotofermenter is used during winemaking to increase color concentration and richness, although its use is carefully measured and calculated says Giorgio Rivetti. The house style embraces barrique aging, and you get some soft spice and spent ember as a result. The 2017 vintage is distinguished by extra tightness, and you sense that in this wine."

95

La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina DOCG 2016

James Suckling (95)- "Wow. This is at once a pronounced and vibrant nose, revealing wild strawberries, peaches, freshly picked raspberries, cinnamon, rose petals and stems. I love the steely tannins on the palate, which carve out an iron fist of fruit, but also a generous and velvety texture. Long and intense on the finish. Drink in 2024."

95

La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina DOCG 2016

Vinous Media (95)- "Supremely elegant and light on its feet, La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina is simply fabulous. Freshly cut flowers, mint, spice and a touch of French oak add nuance to a core of sweet red/purplish berry fruit. Wonderfully supple and ract, the Gallina captures every bit of the potential 2016 had to offer. This is such a gorgeous wine. I can't remenber tasting a Gallina here with this much diversity. "