Wine Advocate (97+)- "The La Spinetta 2009 Barbaresco Riserva Gallina Vürsù (Magnum) is only made in large-format bottles and is released 10 years after the harvest. The Gallina cru is known for its balanced and fruit-forward wines that don't shy away in terms of structure. This release offers tight textural stitching with interwoven layers of dark fruit, spice, savory licorice, smoke and campfire ash. The tannins, both from the fruit and oak, already show full integration at this point."
Vinous Media (95)- "The 2008 Barbaresco Riserva Vigneto Gallina (magnum) is in a great spot for the drinking now. If anything, it is still too young. Dark cherry, plum, mocha, licorice, spice and menthol all flesh out in this decidedly virile, imposing Barbaresco. The oak remains present, and yet the 2008 is aging very, very gracefully, especially for such a big wine. But that is not entirely surprising, as the Gallina has always aged the best of the three La Spinetta Barbarescos. This is an impressive showing. "
Wine Advocate (95)- "This is a neat little package - or big package, the case of this wine, because it is only magnum - with ripe, raisiny intensity and black fruit written all over it. It should be noted that the 2008 Barbaresco Riserva Gallina (Magnum) drifts a little flat and soft in the mouth at the moemnt, even after signifcant time in glass, but that almost seems irrelevant compared to the long-term picture here. This Riserva, built for the very long haul, promises to impress with its evolved floral and earthy tones that come through with clarity. The wine sees nearly three years of oak aging. A mere 600 magnum bottles were produced."