2005 La Spinetta Barbaresco Valeirano

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2005 La Spinetta Barbaresco Valeirano

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  • S$27997

Vintage : 2015

Country : Italy

Region : Piedmont

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Barbaresco is a small village in Piedmont rising up out of the plain to sit in the Langhe hills. Here they produce a 100% Nebbiolo wine that takes its name from the village. Barbaresco is a serious wine of power and depth with an ability to age for multiple decades. Often thought of as the feminine version of Barolo, Barbaresco is a dramatically smaller region than its cousin. Barbaresco can only be produced within 1265 acres, and a maximum of 85,000 cases per year can be produced from the more than 500 growers. It is separated into four different communes of which three dominate, Barbaresco, Neive and Treiso. Angelo Gaja is perhaps one of the best known producers in the wine world, let alone Barbaresco, lives in the village. Recent technological and viticultural advances have made the wines more consistent, deeper in color and more flavorful. A wine of great perfume, the classic nose is "tar and roses", and complexity. Barbaresco is best served with roast meats, game birds or powerful cheese.

James Suckling 94

Love the aromas of dried mushrooms, lemons and plums. Full-bodied, with velvety, ripe tannins and a fruity, long finish. Also tannic - needs some bottle age. Remarkably concentrated. 99

(06/2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 92

The 2005 Barbaresco Gallina is an especially successful wine in this vintage. A soft caressing core of fruit provides striking balance to the wine tannins. Notes of super-ripe red cherries, sweet herbs, roses and toasted oak emerge from this medium-bodied Barbaresco. As is usually the case, the Gallina is the most forward of the Spinetta Barbaresco, and this is a beautiful effort, particularly in this vintage. Anticipated maturity: 20102020 AG) (10/2008)

Vinous 92

66 The 2005 Barbaresco Gallina has developed lovely tertiary notes since I last tasted it a few years back. Leather, smoke, tobacco, licorice and game meld into a core of intense dark fruit. As it so often does, the Gallina has a way of putting on considerable weight in bottle. The 2005 is now close to fully mature, and, while there is no upside in holding bottles further. the wine has enough depth to hold on for at least another handful of years. (AG) (06/2016)

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