2012 CASTELLO DI NEIVE 'SANTO STEFANO' BARBARESCO
$155.00

Producer: Castello di Neive

Grape: Nebbiolo 100%

Pronunciation: ‘Nebi-oh-lo”

Region: Barbaresco, Piedmont

Zone: DOC of Barbaresco

Producer Info:

The Castello di Neive winery began when Giacomo Stupino, the family patriarch, capitalized on his experience as a surveyor and his knowledge of the area to purchase favorable vineyards and land whenever possible. In the small cellars of their family home, the Stupino’s began their first wine production (including Messoirano, Montebertotto, Basarin, Valtorta, and i Cortini) and, over time, their acquired vineyards grew with the family’s production and ambitions. In 1964 the family purchased the castle with its spacious cellars, along with more land and farmsteads in Santo Stefano and Marcorino. This marked a turning point when the Stupino’s were able to renovate the castle cellars and reorganize their vineyards to produce wine according to modern methods. When Giacomo died in 1970, Giulio and Italo oversaw the transition from tenant farming to direct management of the land, initiating production and export of Castello di Neive wines abroad.

Tasting note: “The 2012 Barbaresco Albesani Santo Stefano is the richest of these three Barbarescos from Castello di Neive. The warmth of the vintage is evident, but so is the pure pedigree of this famous hillside site in Neive. Blood orange, spice, wild flowers, mint and leather all open up in a striking, explosive Barbaresco endowed with real class. If opened young, the 2012 needs a lot of air. Hopefully readers fill put away a few bottles, though. My sense is that this wine still has a lot to say.” - Antonio Galloni

Growing System: Guyot

Soil Composition: Calcareous

Production: Fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 12 days followed by 3 years aging in seasoned French oak barrels prior to release

Alcohol (%) 14.5%

Wine Review:

"The 2012 Barbaresco Albesani Santo Stefano is the richest of these three Barbarescos from Castello di Neive. The warmth of the vintage is evident, but so is the pure pedigree of this famous hillside site in Neive. Blood orange, spice, wild flowers, mint and leather all open up in a striking, explosive Barbaresco endowed with real class. If opened young, the 2012 needs a lot of air. Hopefully readers fill put away a few bottles, though. My sense is that this wine still has a lot to say." 92+pts - Antonio Galloni