Wine Details

La Spinetta Barbera D'Asti Superiore Bionzo DOCG

The Bionzo is a big, concentrated, dense Barbera produced from old vines in Costigliole d’Asti. Nearly 18 months in oak (plus six in stainless steel and bottle), delivers an incredibly rich, structured wine with a plethora of perfumes including black cherry, cassis, gravel, smoke, chocolate, liquorice and menthol. Broad and silky with an incredibly depth of flavor, the characteristic richness of the Bionzo complements its acidity, finishing with smooth, slightly oaky tannins and a whole range of dark spices. This isn’t your average Barbera, this is a wine that will continue to evolve for 20-25 years.

Region:

Producer:

La Spinetta Piedmont

Varietal:

100% Barbera

Vineyard:

Bionzo Costigliole d’Asti, 14 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:

60-70 years

Production:

35,000 bottles

Soil:

Calcareous

Average altitude:

300 m

Vinification:

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

Harvest:

Beginning to middle of October

First vintage:

1998

Cellar:

La Spinetta, Catagnole Lanze

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'Asti Superiore Bionzo DOCG 2018

Vinous Media (93)- "The 2017 Barbera d'Asti Superiore Bionzo is laced with the essence of blackberry jam, gravel, smoke, crushed rocks and menthol. This potent, structured Barbera from Asti needs a few years to unwind, but it is impressive. Like the Gallina, the Bionzo shows a transition to a style that is a bit less overt than in the past, but without sacrificing the intensity La Spinetta fans have come to expect. I would give the tannins a few years to soften."

92

La Spinetta Barbera D'Asti Superiore Bionzo DOCG 2017

Wine Advocate (92)- "Packed tight with black fruit and dried blackberry, the 2017 Barbera d'Asti Superiore Bionzo is an inky and darkly concentrated expression that brings on all the rich fruit of the vintage. There are subtle hints of spice, tar and campfire ash at the rear, but this vintage will be remembered for the depth and intensity of all that black primary fruit."

94

La Spinetta Barbera D'Asti Superiore Bionzo DOCG 2016

Vinous Media (94)- "The 2016 Barbera d'Asti Superiore Bionzo is a super-clasic Asti Barbera with wonderfully delineated flavors and plenty structure. Clean mineral notes, spice, dried flowers, menthol and graphite all run through this potent yet super-refined Barbera that cries for cold weather and bold, lusty food on the table. When I think about what Asti Barbera should be, the Bionzo often comes to mind. "