Wine Details

La Spinetta Barolo Campé Riserva DOCG (Magnum)

Grapes for the magnum Riserva come exclusively from the highest part of the Campè vineyard, the best location for these sustainably-farmed vines, tended without the use of pesticides or herbicides (or even tractors or heavy machinery that might compress the earth). The result is a harvest of the purest, most exceptional grapes, which are then transformed into an intense vibrant red wine, with subtle and complex aromas of strawberries, red roses, citrus and fresh hazelnuts. This is full- bodied, yet reserved and beautiful Barolo with an incredible backbone of firm, composed tannins. The silky texture and extraordinary depth of fruit mesmerize up to the very end of the Campè Riserva’s long, long finish. Released 10 years after harvest.

Region:

Producer:

La Spinetta Piedmont

Varietal:

100% Nebbiolo

Vineyard:

Campe, Ginzane Cavour

Yield:

2,500 bottles (0.75l)

Aging:

36 months in entirely new, medium toast French oak barrels

Alcohol content:

14.5%

pH level:

3.6

Acidity:

5.50%

Production:

800 Magnums

Soil:

Calcareous

Training:

Guyot

Average altitude:

280 m a.s.l.

Vinification:

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

Harvest:

Beginning to middle of October

First vintage:

2000

Cellar:

La Spinetta Campe, Grinzane Cavour, Castagnole Lanze

Bottling:

Transfer to stainless steel vats for 9 months before bottling, aging in bottles for an additional 5-6 years

Release:

10 years after harvest

Evolution:

Flavors:

Full bodied yet reserved and beautiful with an incredible backbone of firm and composed tannins that form a gorgeous tannis line, silky texture with incredible depth of fruit and a long, long finish

Colors:

Intense, vibrant red

Aromas:

Subtle and complex aromas with strawberries, red roses, citrus and fresh hazelnuts

Recent press reviews

97

La Spinetta Barolo Campé Riserva DOCG (Magnum) 2009

Wine Advocate (97)- "An homage to Barolo, the so-called "king of wines," this magnum features a lion on its front label instead of the estate's trademark rhinoceros. The La Spinetta 2009 Barolo Riserva Campè Vürsù (Magnum) is a rare and precious wine with only 600 magnums in existence. Its sheer power roars from within, thanks to a long series of dark and variety-driven aromas. Dried cherry, blackberry, tilled earth, black licorice, exotic spice and campfire ash play leading roles. This vintage also presents balsamic tones of cola, dried ginger and grilled rosemary. It wraps thickly over the palate with integrated tannins and rich textural support."

95

La Spinetta Barolo Campé Riserva DOCG (Magnum) 2009

Vinous Media (95)- "The 2009 Barolo Riserva Campe emerges from the upper blocks at La Spinetta's estate vineyard in Grinzane Cavour and is bottled only in magnum. A rich, ample wine, 2009 has aged beautifully. Sweet red cherry, cinnamon, white chocolate and flowers are some of the notes that build in the glass. The 2009 has volume, persistence and a good deal of freshness to match. Tasted today, eleven years after the vintage, the 2009 clearly harkens back to a time when the wines were more marked by French oak than they are today. Readers who can look past that will find a sweeping, grand, modern-style Barolo that hits all the right notes. Even though the oak imprint is a bit strong in some vintages of this era, Giorgio Rivetti's wines have proven to age very well. Tasted a day after the opening, the 2009 has lost none of its allure."

96

La Spinetta Barolo Campé Riserva DOCG (Magnum) 2008

Wine Advocate (96)- "The 2008 Barolo Riserva Campe Vursu (Magnum) seems to be the most evolved and nuanced of all of the offering from La Spinetta in tasting. It is a dark and well-saturated red wine that just keeps on giving. As this wine continues to unfold over the next decade, watch for more extraordinary notes of pipe tobacco, cola, licorice and hopefully some retained earthy tones of truffle and herbs. This magnum would be a treasure in any cellar."