la spinetta, barbaresco, valeirano 2007
JAMES SUCKLING
94
WINE SPECTATOR
94

2007 la spinetta, barbaresco, valeirano

Why We're Buying

La Spinetta Barbaresco Valeirano is a profoundly elegant red wine. It leads with phenomenal structure and aristocratic tannins before rounding out with touches of tea, balsamic, and minerality. La Spinetta only releases 7,000 of this Barbaresco each year.

Critics Scores

JAMES SUCKLING
94

James Suckling

There is some serious richness and intensity here, with plums, fresh flowers, and sweet tobacco on the nose and palate. Full bodied, with round and soft tannins and a long finish. A fascinating wine.

WINE SPECTATOR
94

Wine Spectator

Suave and silky, this red boasts wild aromas and flavors of menthol and forest underbrush to complement its sweet cherry and berry notes. Opulent and dense, with complexity and a lingering aftertaste of fruit, woodsy spices and mineral.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
91

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2007 Barbaresco Vigneto Valeirano, on the other hand, is the most clenched and unexpressive of these 2007 Barbareschi. The Valeirano emerges from the glass with red berries, minerals, French oak and menthol. It is a surprisingly austere wine for 2007 and I am not sure it has the sheer density in its fruit to stand up to the French oak.