Wine Details

La Spinetta Barbera D'Alba Gallina DOC

This gorgeous Barbera comes from the small (10 acres) south-facing Gallina vineyard in Neive. This is a supple, dense and racy wine, with no hard edges and tons of concentration. Generous aromas of dark raspberry jam, blueberry, mocha, shaved dark chocolate, spice and new leather fill out nicely in a creamy, generous Barbera that expresses the natural, almost feminine, silkiness and character that make this wine so unique.

Region:

Producer:

La Spinetta Piedmont

Varietal:

100% Barbera

Vineyard:

Gallina, Neive, 4 ha, south exposure

Yield:

2,500 bottles/ha

Aging:

Aged in new medium toasted French barriques for 16-18 months, no filtration or clarifying

Alcohol content:

14.5%

Age of vines:

38 years

Production:

10,000 bottles

Soil:

Calcareous

Average altitude:

270 m

Vinification:

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

Harvest:

End of September to middle of October

First vintage:

1996

Cellar:

La Spinetta Campe, Grinzane Cavour

Bottling:

Transfer to stainless steel vats for 6 months before bottling, aging in bottles for another 3 months

Release:

July, 26 months after harvest

Recent press reviews

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La Spinetta Barbera D'Alba Gallina DOC 2016

Vinous Media (94)- "The 2016 Barbera d'Alba Gallina is a very beautiful wine. In 2016, the Gallina has all the fruit richness and intensity it always has, with an extra kick of richness that brings an extra dimention of verticality and energy. Raspberry jam, spice., menthol and licorice all develop in the glass in this impeccably rendered, totally alluring Barbera from one of the top sites in Barbaresco. "

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La Spinetta Barbera D'Alba Gallina DOC 2016

Wine Advocate (94)- "From a two-hectare plot in the Gallina cru in Neive with south-facing exposures. The 2016 Barbera d'Alba Gallina (with 7,000 bottles produced) shows great focus and sharpness with bright cherry and blackberry fruit followed by spice, tilled earth and sweet barbecue smoke. This Barbera from Alba offers more linearity and directness compared to the other two expressions of the grape from the Asti area, where you feel the acidic crispness of the grape."

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La Spinetta Barbera D'Alba Gallina DOC 2015

Vinous Media (92)- "Another gorgeous wine, the 2015 Barbera d'Alba Gallina is supple, dense and racy, with no hard edges and tons of concentration. Dark raspberry jam, mocha, spice and new leather fill out nicely in a creamy, supple Barbera that expresses all of the natural silkiness and resonance that make this wine so unique."