2001 Rivetti La Spinetta "Starderi" Barbaresco
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The masculine and brooding 2001 Barbaresco Starderi is unquestionably the most complex and complete of the La Spinetta Barbarescos. The wine is dark and deeply expressive, with a huge palate of dark roasted fruit, tar, spices, licorice and a lingering note of menthol. This is modern-style Barbaresco at its best. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
From vines of the same age, similar soil, and the same barriques Good full red. Spicy aromas of red berries, tobacco and peppermint. Rich, fat and vinous, with lovely generosity of flavor and balance. Offers a compelling three-dimensional tex ture and complex inner-mouth perfume. Finishes more backward than the Gallina, with a more obvious tannic spine. (ST)
Extremely fresh on the nose, with fruit and raw meat character. Almost leafy underneath. Full-bodied, with big, chewy tannins, but they're round and caressing. This is a big red with a lot of heart.