La Spinetta

Gallina Barbera d'Alba

9.1134 ratings
9.016 pro ratings
Alba, Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy
Barbera
Duck, Goose, Game, Chili & Hot Spicy, Turkey, Mushrooms, Chicken, Tomato-Based, Pork, Venison, Potato, Pasta, Baking Spices, Beans & Peas, Pungent Cheese, Hard Cheese, White Rice, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Herbs, Veal, Salami & Prosciutto, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Corey Reis

Currants and spice on the nose, bright raspberry with signs of oak on the palate. Took a while to open up.

Currants and spice on the nose, bright raspberry with signs of oak on the palate. Took a while to open up.

2 people found it helpfulNov 3rd, 2014
Yotam Sharon

Consulting Winemaker Gvaot, Miles, Alona; Blogger yotamsharon.com

8.5

Very deep color. Very ripe on the nose, with some VA/stuck fermentation notes, chocolate, even some earthy truffle. Very ripe, plush fruit on the palate, very sweet, saved by good acidity. Bears the mark of a hot vintage and seems like the winemaker lost some control here.

Very deep color. Very ripe on the nose, with some VA/stuck fermentation notes, chocolate, even some earthy truffle. Very ripe, plush fruit on the palate, very sweet, saved by good acidity. Bears the mark of a hot vintage and seems like the winemaker lost some control here.

1 person found it helpfulNov 6th, 2015
Grayson Hartley

Winemaker David Girard Vineyards

8.6

Some other years have really held up, this one medium

Some other years have really held up, this one medium

1 person found it helpfulApr 6th, 2015
Frank Bonetti

Vintage 2003

Vintage 2003

1 person found it helpfulJul 15th, 2014
Björnstierne Antonson

Björnstierne had this 8 years ago

Björnstierne had this 8 years ago

1 person found it helpfulJul 2nd, 2014
Beau Carson

Everything you want in a Barbera. Acid, fruit, earth, and hints of flowers.

Everything you want in a Barbera. Acid, fruit, earth, and hints of flowers.

Feb 14th, 2017
Tom Kobylarz

I like my Barbera a little more approachable at this age, not this is a fine example of the modern style.

I like my Barbera a little more approachable at this age, not this is a fine example of the modern style.

Feb 25th, 2016
Byron Fuller

Bit of a revelation for someone who’s never loved Barbera. Smokey, plenty of fruit, some forest floor. Excellent acid & length. Drank with burrata ravioli & salsiccia. Lovely.

Bit of a revelation for someone who’s never loved Barbera. Smokey, plenty of fruit, some forest floor. Excellent acid & length. Drank with burrata ravioli & salsiccia. Lovely.

Oct 30th, 2021
Mark Rosse

Still showing well.

Still showing well.

Oct 11th, 2021
Morgan Diamant

Very deep dark purple color. Full bodied, well balanced with great acidity and tannic structure. Still needed time opening up, and just starting to hit early side of drinking window. Will probably go another 5 years. Cranberry, plum, currant, black cherry, pencil shavings, violet, and a hint of baking spice all make for an interesting wine

Very deep dark purple color. Full bodied, well balanced with great acidity and tannic structure. Still needed time opening up, and just starting to hit early side of drinking window. Will probably go another 5 years. Cranberry, plum, currant, black cherry, pencil shavings, violet, and a hint of baking spice all make for an interesting wine

Dec 10th, 2020