2013 La Spinetta Barolo ‘Vigneto Garretti’
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $43.94 (reg. $52.94)
From one of Piedmont’s most distinctive wineries, the single vineyard Barolo ‘Vigneto Garretti’ combines all the classic restraint and structure of a "gorgeous" vintage, with the elegance and openness that is characteristic of the vineyard. La Spinetta’s newest Barolo nabbed 95-points for the 2013 vintage and comes in at a stellar price. This is a serious rarity for Barolo these days, let alone a single vineyard bottling.
La Spinetta has always been a lone wolf in the Langhe, experimenting with new and exciting techniques and blends, but the Ravetti family’s single vineyard Barbarescos were what catapulted the winery to the upper echelon in the 1990s. Like Gaja, La Spinetta has a house style that transcends their appellation, with well-recognized signatures like “textural richness” (Galloni) and “intense aromatic delivery” (Wine Advocate). With the opening of a new Barolo facility in the early 2000s, the Ravetti family have updated their winemaking in pursuit of greater classicism and reigned in the use of new oak to promote vineyard character here. The Garretti vineyard sits in the northerly Grinzane Cavour, one of Barolo’s smallest communes but with a rich history, as Italy’s first Prime Minister, Grinzane local Count Camillo Benso of Cavour, revolutionized agriculture and winemaking in Barolo.
The 2013 vintage is shaping up to be one to go long on for true Barolo fans. Galloni is taken with the "utterly captivating wines that speak to the pedigree and class that are the signatures of the best Barolo vintages,"while the Wine Advocate calls the vintage "A return to the classics...If you love age-worthy Nebbiolo, then stock your cellar with 2013."
This delightful Barolo is unmistakably La Spinetta, with “sweet tobacco leaves, rose petals and dried-strawberry." They continue to be one of the most exciting and singular wineries in all of Piedmont and their single vineyard bottlings are not to be missed, especially at these prices! Cheers!