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

93

La Spinetta Barbera D'Alba Gallina DOC 2019

James Suckling (93)- "Aromas of crushed berry and raspberry with some flint and slate undertones. Medium-bodied with a solid core of fruit and slightly chewy tannins. Shows tension and focus. Drink now."

92

La Spinetta Barbera D'Alba Gallina DOC 2018

Wine Advocate (92)- "The La Spinetta 2018 Barbera d'Alba Gallina is balanced and bright with dark fruit, pressed blackberry, plum and sweet potting soil. The wine is soft and richly textured, making it perfect to pair across from a classic roast pork dinner."

93

La Spinetta Barbera D'Alba Gallina DOC 2017

Vinous Media (93)- "The 2017 Barbera d'Alba Gallina is sleek, elegant and delicious. Black cherry, plum, licorice, spice and blackberry jam fill out the layers nicely. The 2017 is dark and voluptuous, but also shows a bit less heft than some recent years, a development that is quite positive, in my view, that will be more evident in more favorable vintages. Pretty floral accents round out the finish."