Wine Details

La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina Riserva DOCG (Magnum)

As for the other magnum Riservas, grapes for the Barbaresco Riserva Gallina magnum come exclusively from the highest part of the Gallina vineyard, an ideal location for the sustainably-farmed vines, free of pesticides, herbicides and any heavy machinery that might interfere with the purity of the vineyard and grapes. The bouquet of this exclusive wine is dense and velvety, loaded with chocolate, berries and spice. In the mouth, the wine is tense and full-bodied with a beautiful blueberry, spice and mineral character. Polished and chewy tannins give way to a long and flavorful finish. Released 10 years after harvest.

Region:

Producer:

La Spinetta Piedmont

Varietal:

100% Nebbiolo

Vineyard:

Gallina, Neive

Yield:

2,500 bottles (0.75l)

Aging:

32-34 months in entirely new, medium toast French oak barrels

Alcohol content:

14.5%

Age of vines:

36-46 years

pH level:

3.6

Acidity:

5.60%

Production:

800 Magnums

Soil:

Calcareous

Training:

Guyot

Average altitude:

270 m a.s.l

Vinification:

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

Harvest:

Beginning to middle of October

First vintage:

2001

Cellar:

La Spinetta, Castagnole Lanze

Bottling:

Transfer to stainless steel vats for 9 months before bottling, aging in bottle for an additional 5-6 years

Release:

10 years after harvest

Evolution:

Flavors:

A wine with tension and form with beautiful blueberry, spice and mineral character, full body, polished and chewy tannins and a long and flavorful finish

Colors:

Intense, vibrant red

Aromas:

Dense and velvety with lots of chocolate, berry and spice character

Recent press reviews

95

La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina Riserva DOCG (Magnum) 2008

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. "

95

La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina Riserva DOCG (Magnum) 2008

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."

97

La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina Riserva DOCG (Magnum) 2007

Wine Advocate (97)- "Only in the best vintages, La Spinetta releases magnum-only editions of its top wines. These wines are generally released ten years after the harvest following additional bottle aging (and one extra year of oak) under the most stringent conditions back at the winery. This year, one of these absolute gems is the 2007 Barbaresco Riserva Gallina (Magnum). I am a huge fan of the sheer elegance produced in this vineyard. This quality has been harnessed to perfection in the case of this wine. It is beautifully evolved, long and silky. Yet, the primary fruit sings loudest of all. This is a delightful achievement."