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2005 La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Superiore Bionzo

  • 88 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 91 IWC
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SKU: 82186-2005-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    ($50-$58; from 50-year-old vines purchased in 2003; aged in all new barriques Deep ruby color. Pungent aromas of blackberry and bitter chocolate. Sappy black fruit and integrated oak flavors sharply framed by penetrating acidity. This boasts lovely inner-mouth aromatic character and mineral energy from the limestone-rich soil. Finishes with substantial tongue-dusting tannins. The crop level was just 18 hectoliters per hectare, according to Rivetti. Drink this now with full-flavored meat or hold it for five years.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 2007
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Offers loads of crushed berry, with undertones of vanilla and green tea. Full-bodied, with big, round tannins and plenty of fruit. Balanced and luscious. Drink now. 1,900 cases imported.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

    The 2005 Barbera d'Asti Bionzo is a deeply-colored, concentrated wine. It is very sweet and long but lacks the complexity and detail which usually makes it such a compelling Barbera.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Author: Juan K
Founded in 1977 by Lidia and Pin Rivetti, La Spinetta has grown from a small Piedmont producer of Moscato into a extensive operation which now also crafts Barbera, Barbaresco, and Barolo. Along with their original holdings in Piedmont, La Spinetta has also expanded into Tuscany, where they produce Sangiovese, Vermentino, and other native Tuscan varieties. La Spinetta is run by Pin's three sons - Carlo, Bruno, and Giorgio. As the head of production, Giorgio is also the face of the company. However, all three brothers work together on the business with the same ultimate goal - producing quality wine above everything else. Giorgio's wines are both approachable and designed to be enjoyed with food, and all of the wines are produced from 100% estate grown fruit. As validation of his innovation and success, Giorgio's debut Barolo, the 2000 Campe della Spinetta, earned a 98-point score from Wine Spectator.

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Piedmont, which literally means “foot of the mountain,” produces some of Italy's finest red wines. Its clay, limestone, and sand soils are home to the legendary Barolo and Barbaresco wines, made from the extremely age-worthy Nebbiolo variety. Dolcetto and Barbera are considered to be more “workhorse” varieties, and produce the largest quantity of wine. The region is tucked in the cool northwest corner of the country, surrounded on three sides by the Alps. Fog often blankets the region, ensuring long, cool growing seasons. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 81 bottles owned
  • 21 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 89
    (Out of 21 collectors)