la spinetta, barbaresco, valeirano 2017
JAMES SUCKLING
94
WINE ENTHUSIAST
87

2017 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’s real purity of fruit and beauty in this young Barbaresco with strawberry, cherry and light chocolate aromas and flavors. It’s medium-to full-bodied with creamy and firm tannins and a pretty finish. Give it two or three years to come together. Try in 2023.

WINE ENTHUSIAST
87

Wine Enthusiast

Aromas evoking minestrone soup, camphor and a hint of stewed prune slowly appear in the glass. The palate isn't very expressive and is shy on fruit richness, evoking notes of licorice and roasted coffee bean alongside the merest suggestion of blood orange. Grainy tannins clench the astringent finish.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2017 Barbaresco Valeirano Vürsù shows increased focused and brighter high notes compared to the other new releases from La Spinetta. The Valeirano cru is located in Treiso and sees 50- to 60-year-old vines planted at 380 meters above sea level, where they benefit from cool nighttime temperatures in the crucial weeks leading up to harvest. The wine is packed tight with black cherry and blackberry with light shadings of cedar, licorice and spice at the back. These wines from 2017 all tend to show extra tannic intensity, although this expression appears the silkiest of them all. Some 7,000 bottles were made.