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2012 La Spinetta Barolo Vigneto Garretti

Base neck fill

ITEM 8245364 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

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3 $50
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I8276919 1 $50 Jun 19, 2022
I8265756 1 $50 Jun 12, 2022
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I8256114 2 $50 Jun 5, 2022
I8187675 1 $60 Apr 24, 2022
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RATINGS

94The Wine Advocate

...dark and brooding...notes of dark fruit, tar, licorice and smoke. The mouthfeel is firmly constructed, tight and crisp...bouquet is layered and powerful.

92Wine Spectator

This is in the savory, balsamic camp, with loads of wild herb, eucalyptus and menthol aromas and flavors...sweet fruit at the core. Firm tannins lend grip to the long finish.

91Vinous / IWC

Exuberant to the core... A rush of red berries, wild flowers, mint and sweet French oak hits the palate. There is a lot to like in this racy Barolo...the wine's depth and overall presence are both intriguing.

91James Suckling

Smells like bouquet garni with lot of spices and flowers. Dark fruits too. Full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish.

PRODUCER

La Spinetta

Founded in 1977 in the Piedmont region, La Spinetta is a family-run wine proudcer that mixes modern techniques with old world tradition. It is also one of Italy’s most admired, innovative and modern wineries. It has won 34 prestigious Three Glass awards in 22 years from Italy’s best-known wine journal, Gambero Rosso. Only Gaja has won more. La Spinetta is owned by brothers Carlo, Bruno and Giorgio Rivetti, and Giorgio is also head winemaker. The producer now has three properties, two in Piedmont and one in Tuscany, and owns a total of 412 acres of vineyards. La Spinetta produces nearly 650,000 bottles a year, of which about 30% is Moscato, 24% is Sangiovese, 22% is Barbera, 10% is Pin (a blend of Nebbiolo and Barbera). The remainder of the production is Barolo, Barbera and Chardonnay. Reviewers are invariably impressed with the Barolos, Barberas and Barbarescos, and typically describe them using such terms as “ravishing” and “gorgeous.”

REGION

Italy, Piedmont, Barolo

Barolo is one of Italy’s greatest wine appellations. In fact many cognoscenti of Italian wines consider Barolo to be the apex of Italian winemaking. Barolo is sometimes referred to as “the king of wines, and the wine of kings” partly because until the mid-19th century Piedmont was owned by the noble House of Savoy, the historic rulers of northwestern Italy. And the Savoys had a taste for Nebbiolo. Nestled into the rolling hills of Langhe, the Barolo DOCG includes 11 communes, one of which is the town of Barolo. There are 4,200 vineyard acres in the appellation and since the late 19th century growers have tried to identify their best vineyards. By marketing some vineyards as better quality than others, Barolo producers have followed the Burgundian custom of making single vineyard, or “cru” vineyard bottlings. As in neighboring Barbaresco, the Barolo DOCG requires that wines be 100% Nebbiolo, a grape thought of as the Pinot Noir of Italy. Records show that Nebbiolo was grown in the Piedmont as early as the 14th century, and despite being somewhat finicky – it is late to ripen and easily damaged by adverse weather --- Nebbiolo makes highly aromatic and powerful red wines. Until the mid-19th century Nebbiolos of Piedmont were vinified as sweet wines, though that ended in the late 19th century when a French oenologist was invited to Piedmont to show producers how to make dry reds. Barolo was made a DOC in 1966 and upgraded to DOCG status in 1980. Barolos must be aged at least three years, at least two of those years in wood. Barolos are tannic and robust and generally need at least five years to soften into complex, earthy wines.

TYPE

Red Wine, Nebbiolo

This red grape is most often associated with Piedmont, where it becomes DOCG Barolo and Barbaresco, among others. Its name comes from Italian for “fog,” which descends over the region at harvest. The fruit also gains a foggy white veil when mature.