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Barolo 'Campe', La Spinetta [wood case]

Barolo 'Campe', La Spinetta [wood case]
  • 100% Nebbiolo from 50+ year-old vines grown in calcareous soils at 265m above sea level
  • Sourced from the upper and central part of the Garretti vineyard in Grinzane Cavour, which is thought to be the best section of the cru
  • Aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak barrique
  • Bottled unfined/unfiltered and aged an additional one year at the winery before release

In the spring of 2000, the Rivetti family acquired the 8ha Campè Vineyard, thus fulfilling one of Giorgio’s long-time dreams. The story of the Campè vineyard is quite interesting, and if vines could speak, they would tell you how thankful they are that the Rivetti’s purchased the vineyard. The family took over this south-facing hillside from a producer who never had intentions of making a great wine. In fact, all of the grapes were being sold in bulk to other Barolo producers, and the yields were at the high end of the allowable range for the region. Through a rigorous green harvest, La Spinetta reduced the previous production by 75%, leaving just 25% of the fruit on the vine. The usage of chemicals in the vineyard was prohibited and instead fertilization was carried out utilizing horse manure and extensive manual work throughout the year. Today, the vineyard is full of healthy, strong vines that are over 50 years old and produce exceptionally low yields of extremely high-quality fruit. Campè is a true Cinderella story in Barolo!

Producer:
Vintage:
2006
Country:
Italy
Region:
Piedmont
Appellation:
Barolo
Variety:
Nebbiolo
Color:
Red
Farming Practice:
Sustainable

Press & Reviews

Wine Advocate

Score:
93
Date:
2010-02-26

Vinous Media

Score:
93
Date:
2009-02-01
Review:
The 2006 Barolo Campe' is one of the most elegant wines I have ever tasted from La Spinetta. A deep, translucent red, the Campe' opens with a captivating bouquet of roses, spices, flowers and cherries, all of which resonate on the palate. The wine turns muscular in the glass, with powerful tannins that frame the expressive, generous fruit. There is plenty of richness and concentration, yet without the over-ripeness and excessive oakiness of past vintages. Smoke, tar and herbs are just some of the nuances that come to life as the dense fruit provides a wonderful foil to the tannins on the finish. This, too, is a terrific effort from La Spinetta. The 2006 Campe' was fermented in rotary tanks for 7-8 days and underwent malolactic fermentation in new French oak, where the wine was aged for 24 months prior to being bottled.

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