Wine Details

La Spinetta Barbaresco Starderi DOCG

The Starderi represents another top Barbaresco wine in the La Spinetta line-up, from the Starderi vineyard in Nieve. Elegant, refined aromatics of red-toned fruit, flowers and mint integrate with firm acidity and serious tannins, providing a sound structural backbone to the wine. Aged in new, medium-toast French barriques, the oak will fully integrate with time, as will the youthful tannins. This is a sophisticated and concentrated Barbaresco whose bright citrus and floral notes add a finishing touch and give something to look forward to.

Region:

Producer:

La Spinetta Piedmont

Varietal:

100% Nebbiolo

Vineyard:

Starderi, Neive, south exposure

Yield:

60 bottles/ha

Aging:

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

Alcohol content:

14.5%

Age of vines:

50-55 years

Production:

15,500 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:

1996

Cellar:

La Spinetta, Castagnole 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 Starderi DOCG 2017

Wine Advocate (94)- "The La Spinetta 2017 Barbaresco Starderi Vürsù stands out for its grace and elegance in this vintage. The 2017 growing season was not an easy one, with April hail in Neive followed by a scorching hot summer that further reduced yields and forced stringent quality selections at the sorting table. The Starderi site is planted to 55- to 65-year-old vines, and you do feel extra fruit richness and concentration as a result. Dark fruit, wild plum and dried blackberry segue to spice and campfire ash on this barrique-aged Nebbiolo."

96

La Spinetta Barbaresco Starderi DOCG 2016

Vinous Media (96)- "The 2016 Barbaresco Starderi is outrageously beautiful. Dense, powerful and rich, the 2016 races out of the glass with huge fruit to match its classically mid-weight profile. Super-ripe red/purplish berry fruit, wild flowers, licorice and mint play off huge tannins with real grace. Readers have to be patient, but the 2016 Starderi is a rock star wine. That's pretty much all there is to it. "

95

La Spinetta Barbaresco Starderi DOCG 2016

James Suckling (95)- "Raspberry coulis, dried red plums, vanilla, cedar and spice box make for a pronounced and beguiling nose. Full-bodied and very powerful on the palate, yet the tannins are polished and the acidity focused and refreshing. Drink in 2023."