2011 Castello di Neive Barbaresco Santo Stefano Albesani Riserva 1.5 L

Year: 2011
Appellation: Piedmont
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"Rich, intense and complex, this red is beginning to reveal secondary aromas and flavors of leather, dried berry, floral and tar. Fresh and focused, with a solid structure and plenty in reserve. Terrific finish. Best from 2019 through 2033. 300 cases made, 150 cases imported. -BS" (WS)

"The 2011 Barbaresco Santo Stefano is similarly mild-manned (like the 2011 base Barbaresco) with fine aromas of cola, pressed rose, wild berry and forest floor. It sees 18 months of barrel and renders light shadings of tobacco and white pepper. The finish is long and crisp with lively menthol notes on the close. Drink: 2016-2024. Owned by the Stupino family, Castello di Neive includes 60 hectares of vines in the Neive township. The family purchased the castle and their flagship Santo Stefano vineyard holdings back in 1964. (WA)

"A warm, ample wine, the 2011 Barbaresco Albesani Santo Stefano wraps around the palate with considerable depth and pure resonance. The warmth of the vintage in this due south facing site comes through in spades. Crushed rose petals, cinnamon and dried herbs meld into the super-expressive finish. The 2011 won't be a long-term ager, but it is quite beautiful and rewarding today." (VM)

"From one of the most celebrated vineyards in Barbaresco, this structured wine offers aromas of mature black fruit accented with whiffs of balsamic herbs and new leather. The palate delivers crushed black cherry and rasberry layered with notes of black pepper, licorice and menthol alongside assertive tannins. It needs time to unfold and develop. Drink 2016–2026." (WE)

Winery Notes:
The Barbaresco Santo Stefano is the result of an ethereal combination of the ideal terroir with the perfectly-suited Nebbiolo grape. This wine shows all the characteristic elegance of Barbaresco with the complexity and richness for which Santo Stefano is known. The Nebbiolo grapes for this wine are grown in the Albesani sub-appellation inside Barbaresco, in the single vineyard of Santo Stefano, which is owned entirely by Castello di Neive.