La Spinetta Campe Barolo 2012
James Suckling: "The pure fruit aromas are mind-blowing with meat, fresh flowers, citrus fruit and sliced strawberries. Full body, ultra-fine tannins. Fabulous texture. Super subtle fruit and finesse. Wow. Drink in 2020 but so entrancing now." Mar 2016
Winery: "In the spring of 2000, the Rivetti family acquired the 8ha Campè Vineyard. The story of this vineyard is quite interesting, and if vines could speak, they would tell you how thankful they are that the Rivetti’s purchased the vineyard. The family took over this south-facing hillside from a producer who never had intentions of making a great wine. In fact, all of the grapes were being sold in bulk to other Barolo producers, and the yields were at the high end of the allowable range for the region. Through a rigorous green harvest, La Spinetta reduced the previous production by 75%, leaving just 25% of the fruit on the vine. The usage of chemicals in the vineyard was prohibited and instead fertilization was carried out utilizing horse manure and extensive manual work throughout the year. Today, the vineyard is full of healthy, strong vines that are over 50 years old and produce exceptionally low yields of extremely high-quality fruit. Campè is a true Cinderella story in Barolo!
The genius of La Spinetta encompasses a vast array of great wines, all boasting an inimitably approachable and voluptuous style. From Moscato to Nebbiolo to Sangiovese, whatever Giorgio touches turns to gold. His Barbareschi and Baroli are at the very top of their category. In fact La Spinetta’s wines are among Italy’s most celebrated, as the winery has attained the coveted Tre Bicchieri award for more than 30 of their wines throughout their relatively short career.
|Aging:||24 months in new, medium-toast French oak barrels; 9 months in stainless steel vats
|Region:||Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
|Production:||Limited at 680 dozen