93 points - Stephen Tanzer's Int'l Wine Cellar
"The 1997 Barbaresco-La Spinetta Vigneto Starderi boasts a dark plum/purple color in addition to full body, great fruit, concentration, and power, but it is firm and closed compared to its siblings. There is plenty of potential, but this wine needs 4-5 years of cellaring. It should keep for two decades. Drink 2005 ~ 2021"
92 points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate