La Spinetta, Barbaresco DOCG, Vigneto Starderi 2004 The previous vintage was a concentrated, oaky heavyweight, still in its infancy when tasted in late ’07. This ’04 smells of sweet oak and New World fruit. Again we see a tannic monster that is caressed by oak in the mouth. There’s a balance of extract to keep up with the structure making this a keeper. Not cheap but the Rhino is included. Estate Bottled in Castagnole Lanze in Piemonte 14.5% $100 at Bottle Barn La Spinetta

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Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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