Name: La Spinetta Vigneto Gallina Barbera d'Alba
Sub-Region: Barbera d'Alba
Producer: La Spinetta
Wine Advocate: 91+ Points
"Barbera is planted in the middle section of the celebrated Gallina cru in Neive. The rest of this vineyard is planted to Nebbiolo to make Barbaresco Gallina. Counterintuitively, La Spinetta left that strip of Barbera grapes intact because they wanted to preserve tradition. Others would have probably replaced it with the more lucrative Nebbiolo variety. The 2014 Barbera d'Alba Gallina is made from old vines evidently happy to stay exactly where they are at the moment. Despite the difficulties of the vintage, this wine oozes forth with dark intensity, a velvety structure and exuberant fruit aromas. Smokey mineral dustings also appear."
- Monica Larner
From the Winery:
"Color: Dense ruby red.
Bouquet: Aromas of blueberry, and Sachertorte chocolate cake.
Taste: A generous and rich Barbera with loads of character, full and very fresh, with a juicy, fruity finish."