Wine Details

La Spinetta Barbaresco Valeirano Riserva DOCG (Magnum)

The Riserva Valeriano magnum is a result of the utmost attention to the best grapes in the Valeriano vineyard, released after 10 years in the La Spinetta cellar. Though often considered the more austere of the Barbaresco vineyards, this wine displays a beautiful purity of fruit with ripe strawberries, citrus, and flowers, laced with aromas of herbs and spice. Full-bodied with a striking tannic backbone and beautiful concentration that lasts for minutes. The wine’s gorgeous freshness and vibrancy is maintained thanks to the time spent in magnum.

Region:

Producer:

La Spinetta Piedmont

Varietal:

100% Nebbiolo

Vineyard:

Valeirano, 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:

46-61 years

pH level:

3.5

Acidity:

5.60%

Production:

800 Magnums

Soil:

Calcareous

Training:

Guyot

Average altitude:

450 m a.s.l.

Vinification:

Alcoholic fermentation for 7-8 days in temperature controlled roto-ferementers, 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 Valeirano Riserva DOCG (Magnum) 2009

Wine Advocate (97+)- "Made only in magnum and released 10 years after the harvest, La Spinetta's 2009 Barbaresco Riserva Valeirano Vürsù (Magnum) ushers forth an amazing experience based on dark fruit, spice, smoke, balsam herb and grilled rosemary. The wine has moved forward along its aging trajectory but slowly and surely, revealing carefully measured evolution on the one hand and primary intensity on the other. You feel those 10 years of Nebbiolo-aging in the mouth, where silky tannins meet a mid-weight feel with good richness and concentration."

97

La Spinetta Barbaresco Valeirano Riserva DOCG (Magnum) 2008

Wine Advocate (97)- "Tasted from the magnum, the 2008 Barbaresco Riserva Valeirano (Magnum) offers a lot of depth and penetration, with profound aromas of black fruit, cherry, dried herb and so much more. This is a dark and concentrated Barbaresco with background notes of barbecue spice, leather, tar, tobacco and ripe dark fruit. You'll get plenty of cola and balsam herb on the close. This result is no surprise. It is another beauty of a Riserva Valeirano and another soul-penetrating expresion not to be missed. Only 600 magnums were made."

99

La Spinetta Barbaresco Valeirano Riserva DOCG (Magnum) 2007

Wine Advocate (99)- "This wine represents a crowning achievement among an elite group of magnum-only delayed releases. The 2007 Barbaresco Riserva Valeirano (Magnum) is nothing short of magnificent. It is intense and articulate in ways you don't expect. Specifically, I am referring to the vibrant and dazzling quality of fruit that is traveling full speed ahead. Nothing about this wine has slowed down. In fact, I would epect this beautiful interpretation to pick up further speed and complexity as it continues its evolution. This wine is old but also new, sweet but also savory and powerful but also elegant. It is a wine of profound contrast that find impeccable unity despite those inherent contradictions. Congratulatiosn to La Spinetta."