La Spinetta

"One of Italy's most fashionable winemakers/proprietors, Giorgio Rivetti displays a masterful touch whether he is making Barbera, Moscato d'Asti, or his proprietary red wine Pin." – Robert Parker, Jr.

"Giorgio Rivetti, owner and winemaker of La Spinetta in Barbaresco, has become one of the leading forces in Piedmont. He's making exciting ripe, fruit-forward Nebbiolos that would give many highly rated New World wines a run for their money. Now he's making waves in Barolo....Rivetti is first and foremost a winemaker--one of the best and most innovative winemakers in Piedmont today. But he is also in tune with today's consumer, whom he believes shares his preference for wines that are more approachable on release." -- The Wine Spectator

Giorgio Rivetti's magic touch with Moscato, Barbera, Nebbiolo and, more recently, Sangiovese, Colorino, Vermentino and Sangiovese Rosé has taken the wine world by storm. He produces approachable yet age-worthy wines that command the attention of wine critics and consumers alike, year-in and year-out; their lushness, concentration, aromatics and length are unrivaled. Giorgio's speedy ascent from Moscato producer in the 1970's to venerated Barbaresco and Barolo vigneron today is studded with success.

The genius of La Spinetta encompasses a vast array of great wines, all boasting an inimitably approachable and voluptuous style. From Moscato to Nebbiolo to Sangiovese, whatever Giorgio touches turns to gold. His pioneering single-vineyard Barberas and Barbera/Nebbiolo blend "Pin" are considered to be the best of the Langhe. His Barbareschi and Baroli are at the very top of their category. In fact La Spinetta's wines are among Italy's most celebrated, as the winery has attained the coveted Tre Bicchieri award for more than 30 of their wines throughout their relatively short career. Let it never be said, however, that the greatness of La Spinetta is inaccessible to the average consumer; from the longtime favorite Barbera d'Asti "Ca' di Pian," featured in numerous magazines as a Best Value, to the Langhe Nebbiolo, a bottling of young vine fruit from the famed Starderi vineyard in Barbaresco, the winery offers incredible opportunities to experience the beauty of their best crus at a fraction of the cost.

In addition to the wines of La Spinetta, Giorgio Rivetti and his son Andrea have recently taken ownership of the beautiful and historic Contratto estate, where they produce both sparkling wines and a line of spirits. Giuseppe Contratto founded Contratto in 1867, and the estate remained in the family's hands for 126 years. In 1993, Carlo Bocchino purchased the property, and the historical cellars underwent substantial renovations. In 2011, Giorgio Rivetti and the La Spinetta took ownership of this understated jewel with the goal of reviving Contratto to its former glory. Today, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Contratto produces traditional method sparkling wine and selected spirits that we are proud to represent.

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La Spinetta 'Ca di Pian' Barbera d'Asti 2014
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "The Barbera grape from Asti tends to show crisper lines and sharper acidity when compared to the Barbera grape from Alba. However, this interpretation is more difficult to peg down. The 2014 Barbera d'Asti Ca' di Pian is a mid-weight effort with a dark appearance and rich
Item Number: 31251
Bottle:$17.95
Case: $215.40
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La Spinetta 'Starderi' Nebbiolo 2015
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "Aromatic and exotic, exuding floral, raspberry, licorice and medicinal herb aromas and flavors. Firm, yet balanced and lingering on the finish. This needs air, so decant two to three hours ahead of drinking. Drink now through 2023.”  The Wine "The La Spinetta Nebbiolo Langhe
Item Number: 28391
Bottle:$21.45
Case: $257.40
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La Spinetta 'Il Nero' di Casanova Sangiovese 2014
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90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "This is a pure expression of Sangiovese from 15-year-old vines in the little-known Terre di Pisa appellation. The 2014 Terre di Pisa Sangiovese Il Nero offers aromas of pressed rose, wet earth and wild Mediterranean brush. The Tuscany signature here is very strong indeed. The wine
Item Number: 28203
Bottle:$15.95
Case: $191.40
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La Spinetta 'Bricco Quaglia' Moscato d'Asti 2017
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Italy’s first single vineyard Moscato d’Asti! From a 20ha plot of 25-30 year old vines grown in calcareous and sandy soils. Moscato Bricco Quaglia, brilliant peach and pear, remarkably refreshing...  “Giorgio Rivetti, owner and winemaker of La Spinetta in Barbaresco, has become one of the leading
Item Number: 27746
Bottle:$14.95
Case: $179.40
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Casanova della Spinetta Il Gentile 2011
THE WINE 100% Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese) grown in calcareous soils with ocean sediments at an average altitude of 250m. Alcoholic fermentation for 10-11 days followed by malolactic fermentation in oak. Aged entirely in medium toasted French oak (600 liters) for 24 months. Transferred to
Item Number: 25569
Bottle:$16.95
Case: $203.40
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La Spinetta 'Ca di Pian' Barbera d'Asti 2013
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90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90 "A tasty, entry-level wine, the 2013 Barbera d'Asti Ca' di Pian is juicy and flamboyant from the very first taste. Blackberry jam, crème de cassis, chocolate, violets, lavender and sweet spice meld together in a deep, unctuous wine to drink now and over the next few years. This is a

La Spinetta 'Garretti' Barolo 2013
95  James Suckling 
James Suckling 95 "Lots of sweet tobacco leaves, rose petals and dried-strawberry character. Full body, velvety tannins and a fruity, smoky and light earth finish. Dense and unique. Drink in 2020. Publish Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2017"   The Wine 100% Nebbiolo from 30 year old vines grown in

La Spinetta 'Il Nero' di Casanova Sangiovese 2013
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "Animal aromas give way to cherry, raspberry and white pepper flavors on the palate, backed by stiff tannins. The aftertaste is long, with firm grip. Decant. Drink now through 2024. 11,666 cases made. –BS"  The Wine 100% Sangiovese grown in calcareous soils at an average

La Spinetta 'Bricco Quaglia' Moscato d'Asti 2016
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Italy’s first single vineyard Moscato d’Asti! From a 20ha plot of 25-30 year old vines grown in calcareous and sandy soils. Moscato Bricco Quaglia, brilliant peach and pear, remarkably refreshing...  “Giorgio Rivetti, owner and winemaker of La Spinetta in Barbaresco, has become one of the leading

La Spinetta Moscato d'Asti 2016
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Color is intesne bright yellow. The bouquet is peach, pineapple, pear and orange. The taste ntrigues with aromatic tones that include ginger, honeysuckle, acacia flowers, almonds and orange blossom. It finishes long and rich with a more floral complexity.  Italy’s first single vineyard Moscato

La Spinetta 'Ca di Pian' Barbera d'Asti 2012
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91  James Suckling 
James Suckling 91 "Extremely perfumed with violet and blackberry aromas. Full body with firm, silky tannins and an attractive acid-fruit balance on the finish that titillates your palate. Drink now. Publish Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015"  Vinous Media 88 "The 2012 Barbera d'Asti Ca' di Pian

Casanova della Spinetta Il Rose di Casanova
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Giorgio Rivetti, the man who never sleeps, is at it again! His quest to make great wine has taken him from Piedmont to Tuscany, into the world of sparkling wines and aperitivos, and now ROSATO. The 2015 Casanova della Spinetta Rosato is a blend of equal parts Sangiovese and Prugnolo Gentile. His six

La Spinetta 'Il Nero' di Casanova Sangiovese 2012
Wine Information: 13.5% alcohol by volume  Total production in 2004: 65,000 bottles  Location: Terricciola, Tuscany, near Pisa  Soil: Calcareous  Average Altitude: 250 meters above sea level  Exposure: South  Fermentation: Alcoholic fermentation for 7-8 days at controlled temperature,

La Spinetta 'Bricco Quaglia' Moscato d'Asti 2015
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Moscato d’Asti DOCG 2015 100% Moscato 5.5% by vol.  LA SPINETTA, Castagnole Lanze one month in autoclave at 15 Celsius January to April first single vineyard Moscato in Italy January after harvest yellow with green reflections sweet and sexy, dried apricots and crisp pineapple this wine

La Spinetta 'Starderi' Nebbiolo 2013
"The La Spinetta Nebbiolo Langhe comes from the youngest part of the Starderi vineyard in Neive. The vines are between 5-7 years old and grown at an altitude of 270 meters on in the same vineyard that produces the Starderi Barbaresco. Harvest usually happens in the middle of October, after which

Casanova della Spinetta Il Gentile 2010
100% Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese) grown in calcareous soils with ocean sediments at an average altitude of 250m. Alcoholic fermentation for 10-11 days followed by malolactic fermentation in oak. Aged entirely in medium toasted French oak (600 liters) for 24 months. Transferred to stainless steel

La Spinetta 'Ca di Pian' Barbera d'Asti 2011
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89  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 89 "Concentrated aromas and flavors of eucalyptus, juniper, sage and leather augment the cherry fruit. Dense and minerally, showing good cut and fine length. Drink now through 2018. 6,665 cases made –BS"  Wine Information: La Spinetta Barbera Ca di Pian comes from younger vine

La Spinetta 'Bricco Quaglia' Moscato d'Asti 2014
" A single vineyard Moscato from a very well respected producer in Piedmont, this wine will know your socks off with its delightful rose water and lychee notes and lightly sweet palate. " ~ Winery notes

La Spinetta 'Il Nero' di Casanova Sangiovese 2011
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "Shows fine Sangiovese character on a light-weight frame, with strawberry, cherry, wild herb and underbrush flavors riding out the long, fresh finish. Drink now through 2019. 5,000 cases made. –BS"  Wine Information: 13.5% alcohol by volume  Total production in 2004: 65,000

La Spinetta 'Starderi' Nebbiolo 2012
" The La Spinetta Nebbiolo Langhe comes from the youngest part of the Starderi vineyard in Neive. The vines are between 5-7 years old and grown at an altitude of 270 meters on in the same vineyard that produces the Starderi Barbaresco. Harvest usually happens in the middle of October, after which

La Spinetta 'CP' IGT Sangiovese 2012
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"100% Sangiovese grown on just over 11 HA of Travertine limestone at about 200m above sea level. The vines enjoy perfect southern exposure. Fermentation and maceration occurs over two weeks in stainless steel. The wine is bottled 18 months after harvest"  CP (“centopercento”) a

La Spinetta 'Ca di Pian' Barbera d'Asti 2010
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89  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 89 "(bottled in July of 2013; partly aged in one- and two-year-old barriques): Good medium red. Plum, tobacco, licorice and nutty oak on the ripe, serious nose. Supple, concentrated and dry; densely packed and voluminous. Shows very good flavor intensity but does not come across

La Spinetta 'Pin' Nebbiolo/Barbera 2011
92  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 92 "(a 65/35 blend of nebbiolo and barbera, aged in one-third new barriques, down from nearly 100% prior to 2009): Good bright red-ruby. Currant, mocha and dark chocolate on the moderately oaky nose. Densely packed and sweet, with terrific acid spine giving energy and balance to

La Spinetta 'Starderi' Langhe Nebbiolo 2011
" The La Spinetta Nebbiolo Langhe comes from the youngest part of the Starderi vineyard in Neive. The vines are between 5-7 years old and grown at an altitude of 270 meters on in the same vineyard that produces the Starderi Barbaresco. Harvest usually happens in the middle of October, after which

La Spinetta 'Il Nero' di Casanova Sangiovese 2010
" Intense ruby red bouquet. Dark wild cherries, licorice, tobacco, herbs and cedar. Awesome depth,richness and minerality in a style that captures the essence of the warmth and ocean approximity of Terricciola. A round, inviting finish has the last say in this fantastic value for money