Wine Details

La Spinetta Barbaresco Valeirano DOCG

This is a precise and finely cut Barbaresco, exhibiting the most austere personality of the three La Spinetta Barbaresco wines, typical of this cru in Treiso. The vineyard is quite high for Barbaresco at 450 meters (1,476 feet) above sea level and faces entirely south. The Valeirano is a wine of tremendous energy and intensity with shades of dark cherry, sweet spice, crushed flowers, leather, mint, truffle and tobacco (perfumes reminiscent of Barolo), adding dimension to this already potent wine. Substantial tannins are softened by a touch of sophistication, a wine to watch in the future.

Region:

Producer:

La Spinetta Piedmont

Varietal:

100% Nebbiolo

Vineyard:

Valeirano, Treiso, 3 ha, south exposure

Yield:

60 bottles/ha

Aging:

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

Alcohol content:

14.5%

Age of vines:

45-50 years

Production:

7,000 bottles

Soil:

Calcareous, rocky

Average altitude:

450 m

Vinification:

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

Harvest:

Beginning to middle of October

First vintage:

1997

Cellar:

La Spinetta, Castagnole Lanze

Bottling:

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

Release:

January, 3 years after harvest

Recent press reviews

94

La Spinetta Barbaresco Valeirano DOCG 2017

Wine Advocate (94)- "The 2017 Barbaresco Valeirano Vürsù shows increased focused and brighter high notes compared to the other new releases from La Spinetta. The Valeirano cru is located in Treiso and sees 50- to 60-year-old vines planted at 380 meters above sea level, where they benefit from cool nighttime temperatures in the crucial weeks leading up to harvest. The wine is packed tight with black cherry and blackberry with light shadings of cedar, licorice and spice at the back. These wines from 2017 all tend to show extra tannic intensity, although this expression appears the silkiest of them all."

95+

La Spinetta Barbaresco Valeirano DOCG 2016

Wine Advocate (95+)- "Another wine of importance from La Spinetta, this is a well-structured and compact expression with lots of dark fruit and ripe berries buried within. The 2016 Barbaresco Valeirano Vürsù, sporting a fittingly hefty rhinoceros depicted on the front of the bottle, is heavier and denser than the others from this line. There are dry and astringent tannins, and like the pachyderm on the label, this wine will live to a ripe old age—if it isn't poached from the cellar beforehand. Some 7,000 bottles were made."

95+

La Spinetta Barbaresco Valeirano DOCG 2016

Vinous Media (95+)- "The 2016 Barbaresco Vigneto Valeirano is the most refined wine I have tasted form this side in Treiso. The tannins, always forbidding in Valeirano, are wonderfully polished, and yet convey the essential feeling of structure that is such a central part of what makes Barbaresco so compelling as a wine. Dark wild cherry, incense, graphite, spice and dried flowers add shades of dimension to this virile, potent Barbaresco that captures the essence of this site, but with an added touch of sophistication that is quite welcome. I can't wait to see how the 2016 ages. In a word: Superb! "