La Spinetta Cocito Barbaresco Riserva ‘Baluchin’ 2013

La Spinetta Cocito Barbaresco Riserva ‘Baluchin’ 2013

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This Barbaresco Riserva is crafted from Nebbiolo grapes planted in the calcareous clay/sandy soil of the minuscule Bric Micca Cru, the highest point (1,200-1,300 feet above sea level) of the Baluchin vineyard in Neive. Baluchin means “star” in the Piemontese dialect, and refers to the vineyard’s ideal position for stargazing on clear nights. This is an extremely precise and focused expression of Nebbiolo, with razor sharp, elegant aromas of blue violets, flint and ash. The high altitude and cooler temperatures of the vineyard result in a particularly pretty and graceful wine that opens quite beautifully at even a young age.

2013 was an epic vintage in Barbaresco that had a late start and a later finish – all allowing the grapes to ripen at their own pace to produce a wine of incredible intensity and elegance. Spring and summer were both seasons of extremes, with high humidity and rains that lasted through June. To address these conditions, our team created a canopy encouraging air flow to dry out the vines quickly and avoid any mold issues. Fall arrived with perfect conditions of warm days and cool nights, giving the clusters ample sun for ripeness, yet cooler evenings to maximize the acidity in Nebbiolo specifically. The late harvest allowed for the necessary hang time to create clusters of great concentration with classic Nebbiolo aromatics.

We are releasing this wine from our cellar now, only when we believe it has reached a prime drinking window for your enjoyment.

Press Notes : 

93 points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker Wine Advocate – “This wine is always released much later than its peers. The Cocito 2013 Barbaresco Riserva Baluchin draws its fruit from a cool and high-altitude growing site in Neive where obtaining acidity and fruit brightness is never a problem. These conditions also suggest a longer cellar-aging window. The fact that the 2013 vintage was spared major temperature spikes during the summer months further reinforces these impressions. This Riserva presents dark cassis and plum, with some spicy elements of crushed clove, balsamic herb or rosemary essence. Only 6,000 bottles were made, and I think you can be confident in the aging of this bottle."