la spinetta, barbaresco, valeirano 2014
VINOUS
94
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
94

2014 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

VINOUS
94

Vinous

La Spinetta's 2014 Barbaresco Vigneto Valeirano is a dark, brooding wine. Because of its depth and overall structure, the oak element is less evident here than it is in some of the other wines. Smoke, licorice, tar, spice, black cherry and rose petal gradually emerge from a wall of firm, imposing tannins. Readers will have to be patient with the 2014, but it is a striking wine in the making. As is often the case, the Valeirano has a distinctive element of austerity and nerve.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

From the Treiso township, the 2014 Barbaresco Valeirano Vürsù represents a stylistic marriage of the elegant Gallina and the more powerful Starderi crus (both in the Neive township). This is a compact and fine Nebbiolo with a mid-weight style and slightly sweet tannins. In terms of its flavor profile, the wine shows savory spice and barbecue smoke followed by blackberry and dried cherry. In a sense, this wine borrows the best attributes of the other two Barbaresco expressions also reviewed in this report.

JAMES SUCKLING
92

James Suckling

Intense aromas of tar and dried strawberry with some walnut shell. Full body, chewy and powerful. Needs some years to soften. Shows excellent quality for this difficult vintage. Drink in 2019.

WINE SPECTATOR
90

Wine Spectator

An elegant style, this delivers cherry, strawberry, tar and underbrush flavors. Firm and compact on the taut, fresh finish. Best from 2020 through 2030. 1,100 cases made.–BS