La Spinetta Vursu Vigneto Campe Barolo DOCG, Italy Vertical 2005, 2006 2007 Case of 6 (two of each)

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2005 Vintage

Tasted from magnum, the 2005 Barolo Riserva Vigneto Campè Vürsù exhibits a dark, brooding and impenetrable personality. This is a broad and sweeping expression of Nebbiolo that rests on big shoulders and significant muscle mass. The nose is redolent of black fruit, blackberry preserves, tar, licorice, brown sugar, pipe tobacco and white truffle. It is structured and firm on the palate, but it also imparts velvety softness and silkiness. This wine offers a complete package and reveals a fascinating view onto ten-year-old Barolo that was specifically engineered for aging in magnum. The brightness and freshness of the wine makes it feel ten years younger.

97 Pts Monica Larner, Robert Parker

2006 Vintage

The 2006 Barolo Campe’ is one of the most elegant wines I have ever tasted from La Spinetta. A deep, translucent red, the Campe’ opens with a captivating bouquet of roses, spices, flowers and cherries, all of which resonate on the palate. The wine turns muscular in the glass, with powerful tannins that frame the expressive, generous fruit. There is plenty of richness and concentration, yet without the over-ripeness and excessive oakiness of past vintages. Smoke, tar and herbs are just some of the nuances that come to life as the dense fruit provides a wonderful foil to the tannins on the finish. This, too, is a terrific effort from La Spinetta. The 2006 Campe’ was fermented in rotary tanks for 7-8 days and underwent malolactic fermentation in new French oak, where the wine was aged for 24 months prior to being bottled. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026.

93 Pts Antonio Galloni, Vinous

2007 Vintage

I tasted some beautiful Barbarescos before this sample, but the power and the vigor of the Barolo appellation comes through with undeniable clarity here. The 2007 Barolo Riserva Campè Vürsù (Magnum) is a wine of muscle, brawn and fortitude. It shows more textural tightness and density than the Barbarescos of the same vintage (also in magnum) that are softer and more streamlined in comparison. This gorgeous bottle opens to dark fruit, black currant, spice, cola and earthy truffle. Ultimately, this wine's most memorable quality is the velvety, tightly-knit nature of its mouthfeel.

97 Pts Monica Larner, Robert Parker