la spinetta, barbaresco, gallina riserva 2001
Intense aromas of meat, berry and spices follow through to a full-bodied palate, with chewy tannins and a long finish. This is very rich and powerful. Needs loads of time. Big one.
Medium red. Reticent but sweet aromas of cherry, marzipan and spicy oak, with underlying minerality giving the nose a coolness. Then complex, aromatic and pungent on the palate, with a restrained sweetness, sappy acids and excellent concentration. A classic in the modern style, finishing with very broad, suave tannins, excellent density and a note of tobacco. This really calls for five years or so of patience. Seems a bit less dominated by oak than some recent vintages of this bottling.