La Spinetta Vürsù Vigneto Valeirano, Barbaresco DOCG 2011, Italy
PRESS: International Wine Report - 92 points. "The 2011 La Spinetta 'Valeriano’ Barbaresco from Giorgio Rivetti is impressive for its beautifully polished character and remarkable structure. The wine instantly bursts open with ripe strawberries and juniper berries followed by fresh mushroom, earth, floral, orange zest and wet stones. This looks to be a Barbaresco that will be quite accessible early on, however I would still allow this a bit of time in bottle to flesh out as it will certainly evolve further with time. (Best 2016-2027)"
Stephen Tanzer - 93 points.
Producer: La Spinetta
Country Hierarchy: Piedmont, Italy
Grape/Blend: 100% Nebbiolo
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Food Suggestion: Ideal for grilled food, sauced and elaborate red meat and game
Color: Dense red.
Aroma: Pure cerry with a hint of sage.
Taste: Flavours of rose, cherry, sage and eucalyptus migle of licorice and leather. The wine starts out supple, though frim tannins linger on the long, fruity finish.