2009 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.
Intense aromas and flavors of flowers, cherry jam, sandalwood and white pepper are matched to a rich texture. Elegant, with fine-grained tannins and a firm grip on the finish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Mint, rose petals, sweet red berries and cinnamon are some of the many notes that emerge from the 2009 Barbaresco Vigneto Valeirano. Unlike the Gallina, there isn’t a whole lot of early appeal here, rather the Valeirano is a wine built on a serious core of structure and linearity. With time in the glass, the wine’s exotic inner sweetness emerges somewhat, but the tannins are always present. Readers should give the 2009 at least another few years in bottle.