Readers who want to experience a La Spinetta wine without breaking the bank should start with the 2005 Langhe Nebbiolo. It is a gorgeous effort redolent of crushed flowers, spices, menthol and sweet fruit. Made in a full-bodied style, it offers outstanding poise and balance, with an inviting fresh finish. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2015. This is avery strong set of releases from La Spinetta and proprietor Giorgio Rivetti. The 2004 Barbarescos are easily the best of his career. The wines still see 100% new French oak, but toast levels have been reduced and the Barbarescos now spend 12 months in oak rather than the 18 months they saw in previous vintages. Both cahnges have had a remarkably positive effect in allowing more site-specific character and Nebbiolo fruit to come through. The 2003 Barolo Campe shows that Rivetti is making important strides with this wine as well. ONly the 2005 Barberas are disappointing, but that is not entirely surprising given the uneven growing season. In the past La Spinetta was an estate that relied just as much on style as substance.The 2004 Barbarescos, and specially the Satrderi, are the first wines that truly live up to the glamorous image that Giorgio Rivetti has masterfully succeeded in creating.
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