Wine of the Day January 28, 2014

2009LaSpinettaCampe2009 La Spinetta Vursu, Barolo Vigneto Campe DOCG, Piedmonte, Italy.
Giorgio Rivetti’s Campe Barolo is always a special treat, in fact all the La Spinetta wines are delicious treats and even through the Cru Barbaresco wines remain his best, this Barolo is pretty close, especially this 2009 Vigneto Campe which shows amazing fruit, depth and elegance. The Campe is a powerful wine with plenty of tannins, acidity and extract, but it feels like velvet and the winemaking was masterful to produce such a wine. The nose is filled with earth, mineral, herbs, roses and basaltic dripped red fruits leading to a firm palate of black cherry, damson plum, raspberry, tar, briar, black licorice, sea shore brine and hints of truffle. With air some pretty strawberry, soy and cedar notes add to the complexity along with flashes of kirsch, cassis, vanilla and wild game. This layered and well rounded Barolo is harmonious and lush, but still has a long rewarding life ahead, and the finish is impressively length and lingering, drink from 2016-2026. I was completely seduced by this hedonistic Nebbiolo, I have been a long time fan of La Spinetta and this wine completely hits all the right spots, it is a fine effort that drinks like and gives the same emotional response as a Grand Cru Burgundy, fantastic.
($135 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive