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La Spinona 'Cru Secondine ' Barbaresco 2017

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The Wine

Sourced from their vineyard holdings in the Secondine Cru. The Barbaresco plot is about 3 hectares, south facing and the vines are an average age of 70 years old. The first vintage of this wine was 2016. They previously made Langhe Nebbiolo and sold the grapes to Prunotto. The other major owner of Secondine vineyards is Angelo Gaja, who makes their San Lorenzo cuvee from this fruit handpicked, 100% destemmed, 1 to 3 days pre fermented cold soak, 8 to 10 days on ferment on skins, 8 to 10 days post ferment soak in tank then pressed off to 2500 litre barrels made from Alliers, all over 15 years old. 9 months elevage then in bottle a further 12 months before release.

"Interesting nose with spicy mixed berries, oyster shell, goji berries and some heather. Full, round and flavorful with quite firm tannins that need a little time to meld into the wine a little better. Nice old-vine quality to this. Give it a year. Try in 2022” - 94 Points - James Suckling

The Details

Variety - Nebbiolo
Country - Italy
Region - Piemonte
Sub Region - Barbaresco
Extra - Cork
Year - 2017
Volume - 750ml

About the Wine Maker

The history of La Spinona dates back to November 1920, when Giovanni bought one hectare in the cru Faset in Barbaresco. In 1996 Pietropaolo (5th generation) starts working at La Spinona after achieving a degree in oenology at the local Alba university and over the years acquires more vineyard holdings in Barbaresco and Barolo. Today the estate owns 24 hectares of vineyards, primarily in the commune of Barbaresco. Spinona is an Italian dog breed, a hunting dog common to the region. Pietro had a Spinona dog called Baica. During a hunting trip Pietro’s son Gualtiero fell into the Tanaro river and Baica saved his life, rescuing him from drowning. As a gesture of gratitude Pietro called the estate La Spinona and designed the labels to represent Baica’s portrait.