La Spinettas’s Barbaresco Bordini 2007

It’s been all work and no play since EricssonUncorked returned from our short trip to Italy. And I haven’t written nearly as much as I should have about the wonderful wines I’ve tasted at for example La Spinetta and Quintarelli.

I will return with a longer post from our visit at La Spinettas Winery in Castagnole Lanze but for now I will just focus on one of it’s latest wines – the Barbaresco Bordini. Made from nebbiolo grapes from a younger vineyard that the Rivettis bought in 2006 for the production of Langhe Nebbiolo. But the fruit was so good that the family decided to make an vinyeard Barbaresco instead, says Manuela Rivetti!

The Bordini vineyard lies in Neive 270 meters above the sea level with south exposure and comprises 4 hectars of vines on calcerous soil. The average age of the wines is between 20-25 years. Average yield was 3 tons/hectar and the total production was 13000 bottles in 2007.

The fermentation lasted for 7-8 days in modern rotofermenters and malolactic were made in oak (50 percent new and 50 percent one year old french medium toasted oak casks) followed by 20-22 months ageing in the barrels. Then followed 3 months on stainless steel before bottling with no filtration or clarifying and an additional 12 months in bottle before release.

All this has resulted in an orange-red wine with a big, sweet and juicy aroma. I found elements of herbs, leather and lots of red berries on the nose. The juicyness is carried all the way to the palate with a concentrated taste of red berries, dried fruits and herbs. The tannins are tough and tight and the wine really needs some additional bottletime. But the long finish is filled with luscious fruit and oak/fudge-notes and for those of us who loves a little bit of harshness in our wines it is already lovely to drink. But it will improve for 5-8 years! I can understand why the Rivettis wanted to something more than just a Langhe Nebbiolo with this vineyard/wine!

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