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|Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2014 (based on 5 user opinions)|
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| ||Tasted by sma on 4/4/2014 & rated 91 points: Deep brick color with wonderful earthy fruit nose. Deep smooth flavor of earth, leather, and cherry flavor. Wonderful old world Italian wine. Wish we had several bottles to enjoy this evening. (771 views)|
| ||Tasted by feffer on 12/31/2010 & rated 91 points: This bottle was delicious! Full and smooth with good fruit and structure and acid. better on night 1 than on night 2. This is the 4th bottle of this wine we have had. We loved the first one and thought the wine was a little young and would just get better. the next two bottles were disappointments. we probably drank those in 2007. we were not too excited about trying the last bottle, but we finally got to it and it was great. maybe the wine went through a dumb phase. (2665 views)|
| ||Tasted by wequedad on 11/17/2010 & rated 90 points: Finall has settled down. ready to go (2780 views)|
| ||Tasted by Wino from Michigan on 10/11/2009 & rated 91 points: Great little IGT italian wine -- wish I knew where you could buy this but for $20 something it was amazing. (3403 views)|
| ||Tasted by wahoff on 8/25/2009 & rated 91 points: Dark plum color. Very fruity and powerful at the same time, very 'New World' like. Excellent.|
Robe violette sombre. Très fuité et puissant en même temps, un caractère très 'Nouveau Monde'. Excellent. (3408 views)
| ||Tasted by wine guy on 9/7/2008 & rated 93 points: Deep puple color. Blackberry and other dark fruits on the nose. Very smooth wine with a strong mid-palette and long, clean finish. I don't know what was blended with this sangiovese to keep it from being called a brunello, but it was a superb choice, making this wine more accessible earliy and really rounding out the flavors -- not that I'm against the unique terrior of place when it comes to wine. This wine just works very well. It also shows no sign of falling off. I think this wine has a long life ahead, at least 5-7 years. We enjoyed this a lot with whole wheat pasta with a red pasta sauce featuring ground veal and lamb. (3484 views)|
| ||Tasted by iWineReport on 8/18/2008 & rated 91 points: The 2004 Il Nero di Casanova Toscana serves up aromas of blackberry, fresh herbs, earth, dust, and cedar notes. Smooth and silky with a nice long finish. (2624 views)|
| ||Tasted by BarneyBuzz on 5/29/2008 & rated 87 points: A little closed on the nose intially, but after 30 mins, tar, faint cherries. Palate- TAR, OAK! Faint cheries with smooth tannins. very inky. (2760 views)|
| ||Tasted by jrglm on 7/8/2007 & rated 88 points: A lot of fruit on the nose. Dense and inky to the eye. We did enjoy this quite a bit. (3538 views)|
| ||Tasted by ksmith on 7/3/2007 & rated 89 points: Deep purple. Vanilla and oak. Plum and other dark fruit. Good acidity to pair with food. (3464 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 12/30/2006 & rated 88 points: Tasty but basically nondescript very modern/soft wine with excessive oak. On the nose it is discernable as sangiovese but in the price range there are a bevy of Chianti, Vino Nobile and Rosso di Montalcino options that I vastly prefer. (3819 views)|
| ||Tasted by Vino Me on 7/13/2006 & rated 87 points: Anniversary Dinner at Courtright's Restaurant (Willow Springs, Illinois): This is a Sangiovese blend which was paired with a complimentary cheese course that John sent out. Filled with black cherry and tar. The cheeses made this wine seem lighter than it actually was. I think this might have been better on its own. 86-87 points. (4951 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 5/18/2006 & rated 90 points: Dark purplish color with hint of oak and vanilla and plummy fruit. Very nice. (4325 views)|
| ||Tasted by ksmith on 5/16/2006 & rated 91 points: Still like this a lot (4533 views)|
| ||Tasted by ksmith on 4/29/2006 & rated 91 points: Deep purple, almost black. Nose of dark fruits. Black cherry, mild oak, firm but pleasant tannins. Ordered some more; can't get enough (4425 views)|
| ||Tasted by cck on 12/16/2005 & rated 91 points: Recommended highly by local wine merchant. Black cherry, tar, clove flavors dominate. Quite dark, complex with very firm, dry tannins. Alcohol seemed a bit higher than the stated 14%. After about 20 minutes in the glass, the wine really opened up. This wine will be drinking beautifully within 2-3 years but is very good now. (4694 views)|
| ||Tasted by repoper on 11/5/2005: I am a big fan of all the Spinetta wines which I have tried. This is no exception. Absolutely black - highly extracted with a beautiful nose of cherries. The wine is huge with the tannins showing but not unpleasant. I have left it open for two days and there is no sign of it breaking down or mellowing out. I thought that I was getting an everyday Tuscan quaf, but this is in need of cellaring and is much more serious that I expected. I am going to look for more at this price and lay it down for a year, two years or so. Sangiovese and Colorino - Maybe a good sign for 2004 Tuscan vintage. (4993 views)|
La Spinetta (Rivetti) Producer website
Producer Location - Castagnole Lanze (Google Maps)
Source: VinConnect (VinConnect.com)
Founded in 1977 by Giuseppe (“Pin”) and Lidia Rivetti, La Spinetta was first known for their production of excellent Moscato d’Asti wines. After several years they introduced red varieties Barbera and Nebbiolo to the production, the beginning of what was to become a great adventure. In just over thirty years, through the acquisition of carefully selected vineyards and dedication to excellence, La Spinetta has reached the apex of quality and recognition around the world, producing a wide range of wines from their three different estates: the original La Spinetta cellar in Castagnole delle Lanze, Campé in Grinzane Cavour, and Casanova in Tuscany.
The philosophy behind La Spinetta’s wines stems from distinction in the vineyards and the dedication to indigenous grape varieties; the Rivetti family is continuously striving to produce the purest expression of territory whether in Piedmont or Tuscany. Great care is taken in the vineyards throughout the growing cycle, carrying out multiple green harvests, utilizing only natural fertilizers and keeping the use of machinery to a minimum as well (horses are used as much as possible, also useful for their nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous-rich “fertilizer”). In the cellar, technology and innovation meet years of experience and passion to create wines that reflect the vineyards and the soil, not the hand of the winemaker.
The newest addition to the La Spinetta ensemble is the historic 1867 Contratto winery in Canelli, Italy’s first producer of traditional method (metodo classico) sparkling wines. Officially acquiring the property in 2011, Giorgio Rivetti is devoted to re-launching this classic Italian brand, producing top quality Italian Spumanti alongside La Spinetta’s other already well-loved and celebrated wines.
“A great winemaker has to have the mentality of a farmer. That’s the only way to truly understand the wines. So, please don’t call me a winemaker, call me a farmer.” – Giorgio Rivetti
SangioveseSANGIOVESE: (Pronounced "sahn-joh-vhe-se").
Sangiovese - Italy's claim to fame, the pride of Tuscany. Traditionally made, the wines are full of cherry fruit, earth, and cedar. It produces Chianti (Classico), Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montepulciano, Montefalco Rosso, and many others. Sangiovese is also the backbone in many of the acclaimed, modern-styled "Super-Tuscans", where it is blended with Bordeaux varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc) and typically aged in French oak barrels, resulting a wine primed for the international market in the style of a typical California cabernet: oaky, high-alcohol, and a ripe, jammy, fruit-forward profile.
Semi-classic grape grown in the Tuscany region of Italy. Used to produce the Chianti and other Tuscan red wines. Has many clonal versions, two of which seem to predominate. The Sangiovese Grosso clone Brunello variety is used for the dark red, traditionally powerful and slow-maturing "Brunello di Montalcino" wine. The other is the Sangiovese Piccolo, also known under the historical synonym name Sangioveto, used for standard Chianti Classico DOC wines. Old vine derived wine is often used in the better versions, needing several years ageing to reach peak. A third clone, Morellino, is used in a popular wine blend with the same name found in the southern part of the province. Recent efforts in California with clones of this variety are very promising, producing medium-bodied reds with rich cherry or plumlike flavors and aromas. Among the available clonal versions are R6 and R7, derived from the Montalcino region of Italy, having average productivity/ripening and producing small berries on medium size clusters. R10 and R24 are well-recommended. R23, listed as deriving from the Emilia-Romagna region, has good vigor with medium-small clusters with earlier ripening. R102 derives from the Montepulciano region and reported to have average vigor with moderate productivity that results in higher sugar levels and good acidity from medium-small berries on medium-small clusters. Has synonym name of Nielluccio where grown in Corsica.
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Toscana IGTHere is the Wikipedia entry for Toscana wine.