La Spinetta expanded their portfolio in 2000 after purchasing 20 acres of Nebbiolo in Grinzane Cavour, Piedmont. The previous owners of the Campè vineyard sold grapes in bulk to other producers in the area. Mass production resulted in extremely high yields and chemical use on the vines. However, once La Spinetta and the Rivettis family took over, this south-facing hillside property reduced yields by 75 percent and cut out chemicals altogether creating stronger, healthier vines.
The 2006 vintage is an execptional Barolo that reflects the unique terroir the Rivettis family revitalized. The wine has notes dark red fruit including plum, fig and raspberry that leads to a long finish and silky tannins. The wine sits in new, medium toasted French oak for 24 months then it is transferred to stainless steel vats for 9 more months before bottle aging for 12 more moths. It can be enjoyed young or aged for years to come.
Parker : 93 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker : 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.