"What's the point of offering the consumer a wine when it's not ready to drink?"
Barolos and Barbarescos are known as wines that need bottle ageing for decades before they are ready to drink. Whether or not we have the patience is besides the point, at least for Giorgio Rivetti, owner and winemaker of La Spinetta. "I want my wines to be structured, but approachable," said Rivetti.
"Rivetti is first and foremost a winemaker—one of the best and most innovative winemakers in Piedmont today. But he is also in tune with today's consumer, whom he believes shares his preference for wines that are more approachable on release," cited Wine Spectator.
We can't agree more. Good tannins and acidity are essential ingredients to provide structure, but these need to be artfully fronted by fresh and bright intensity of floral and fruit notes which are lacking in most of the young wines in question.
La Spinetta must have been doing it right. Since its founding year in 1977, it is definitely going places, making great strides from Barbaresco to Barolo to Barbera d'Asti and even Chianti of Tuscany! “One of Italy’s most fashionable winemakers/proprietors, Giorgio Rivetti displays a masterful touch whether he is making Barbera, Moscato d’Asti, or his proprietary red wine..,” said Robert Parker.
With La Spinetta's wines, you can have a choice. Drink now, or wait. As you please. We say, do both.
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