La Spinetta Garretti Barolo 2016 is majestic. Huge proportions here. Instantly the nose makes a statement, black currants, earth, pure and ripe. The intensity follows through on the palate with bold flavours and great length. Big tannins, nice acid and everything you need for a wine that will age forever. Do not open before 2031.
La Spinetta Garretti Barolo
100% Nebbiolo from vines averaging 35 years. It ages in 600l French oak (50% new) for 20 months. Then is bottled unfined and unfiltered and left to rest for another 12 months.
The Rivetti’s have carefully selected their vineyard purchases since 1977. Now they span 165 hectares between Piedmont and Tuscany. They favour sites with southern exposure and the vines to be mature (35-65 years). They have adopted organic principles in the vineyards. Together with low cropping, they feel they have the right ingredients for great wine. La Spinetta means “top of the hill” and refers to the location of their first cellar.
Hear Importer Michael Trembath Talk about Barolo 2016.
Known as one of the greatest wine regions in the world, its name literally means the ‘foot of the mountain’. Piedmont located in the North-Western reach of Italy. There are a lot of parallels drawn between the best wines of Piedmont (Barolo and Barbaresco) and the wines of Burgundy. The region neighbours France and Switzerland with its border defined by the Alps to the north and west and Apennines to the south. These natural defences were used to keep the Ligurians safe from Roman invasions. Luckily it didn’t work forever, as we may not have the wines that we cherish today.
Made from 100% Nebbiolo aged for least 3 years (5 for Riserva). Famous villages include La Morra, Verduno, Castiglione, Montforte, Serralunga and Barolo. Awarded DOCG in 1980.
Famously producing long-lived red wines. Light of colour, but abundant in tannin from. Barolo and Barbaresco are the pinnacles of Nebbiolo. But many local and international regions are catching up. This is the variety that defines the region. Typical flavours include tar, roses, anise, cherry, blackberry and truffle.
One of the magic years where everything went right in Barolo. Barbaresco was fine too, but Barolo got the best of the conditions and the wines are unmissable.