2011 La Spinetta, "Gallina" Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont

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Press and Tasting Notes

Deep inky violet in color, Gallina is a rich, hedonistic wine that shows a complex range of toasted oak, ripe dark fruit, licorice, menthol, roasted coffee bean, and mineral flavors, along with terrific weight on the palate and excellent length.

A Merchant's Pick


Featured March 23, 2009

THE REVIEW

A few days ago we had a private tasting with Giorgio Rivetti who, along with Anjelo Gaja, is a wine making icon and the face of Piedmont.
    We tasted the estate's entire wine selection; from this line up of legends (which included 96 pts collectible Barolos and Barbarescos), one stood out for its approachability as an outstanding alternative to California Cabernet Sauvignon.
    Big and bold like many of our favorite Cabernets, the 2006 La Spinetta Barbera d'Alba hails from Gallina, Giorgio's oldest and most famous vineyard. It is dense and meaty like a cult classic Cabernet, but with an elegance that can only come from Piedmont.
    The wine flows onto the palate in grand style, with masses of ripe dark fruit, tar, licorice and smoke. It is an opulent wine that reveals terrific balance and harmony. Dried red fruit and sliced orange on the nose, it is full-bodied, with hints of leather and chocolate along with great acidity and a long, flavorful finish. This wine has great structure but with an Italian flair. Enjoy with your next grilled steak, or cellar for up to a decade. Read More »

Region

Piedmont

In northern Italy, Piedmont is home to a number of grape varietals.  Among them is the "noble grape" Nebbiolo.  Grown in several sub-regions, the most popular Nebbiolos hail from Barolo, Barbaresco, Langhe, Gattinara and ... Read More »

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