Wine Details

La Spinetta Barbaresco Starderi Riserva DOCG (Magnum)

Released 10 years after harvest, the Starderi Riserva magnum is once again the best expression of the Starderi vineyard, crafted from carefully tended 40-60-year-old vines. An intense, vibrant red color, beautiful aromas of dried fruit and flowers follow through to reveal dark fruits like blackberry and plum and sweet spices of cloves and vanilla. This is a powerful, rich wine with a full body and chewy tannins and a long, intense finish.

Region:

Producer:

La Spinetta Piedmont

Varietal:

100% Nebbiolo

Vineyard:

Starderi, 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:

46-60 years

pH level:

3.5

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

97+

La Spinetta Barbaresco Starderi Riserva DOCG (Magnum) 2009

Wine Advocate (97+)- "A beautiful expression of Barbaresco by La Spinetta released in magnum 10 years after the harvest. The 2009 Barbaresco Riserva Starderi Vürsù (Magnum) opens to a dark garnet color and a well-defined set of aromas. Boasting Nebbiolo purity, darkness and generosity, it reveals rich fruit, dried cherry, ferrous earth, licorice, tar and toasted aniseed. This expression from Starderi in Neive shows an austere and brooding personality with plenty of textural richness and depth. This magnum reveals a wine of careful balance, precision and power."

96

La Spinetta Barbaresco Starderi Riserva DOCG (Magnum) 2008

Wine Advocate (96)- "This carefully evolved Barbaresco shows a finer texture and fiber than you might have expected given its relatively robust construction. You get loads of cola and balsamic herb from the 2008 Barbaresco Riserva Starderi (Magnum) and, of course, not as much primary fruit. This charner of a wine confidently exudes tertiary note of licorice, tar and smoky aromas with every pour. It's a mentholicious and balsamic Barbaresco that I wouldn't be afraid to serve now, at least not for a group of friends who absolutely deserve it. Only 600 magnums exist."

93

La Spinetta Barbaresco Starderi Riserva DOCG (Magnum) 2008

Vinous Media (93)- "La Spinetta's 2008 Barbaresco Riserva Vigneto Starderi (magnum) is more overtly unctuous and ripe than the Gallina tasted alongside it. Super-ripe dark cherry, mocha, vanilla sweet spice and licorice infuse the Starderi with tremendous textural richness and intensity. I find the exotic, jammy notes of the 2008 hard to get past, but this style will undoubtedly appeal to readers who enjoy more overtly flamboyant wines. "