2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano

Year: 2013
Appellation: Piedmont
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 96
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 95+
Wine Enthusiast: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :
$59.95

"This is full-bodied, displaying cherry, licorice, wild herb, iron and tobacco notes. The dense tannins take over and dominate the finish now, despite this remaining fresh and long. Full-bodied and minerally. Best from 2025 through 2040. 1,425 cases made. -BS " (WS)

"The final wine in this portfolio of amazing single-vineyard expressions is the 2013 Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano. This is the densest and darkest of them all, and I would therefore suggest that the longest drinking window be reserved for this expression. Montestefano is shaped as an amphitheater of vines that locks in the summer heat and sees less wind compared to Montefico. This is a solid and firm wine with deep, dark intensity and solid tannins that form an unyielding backbone. You should hold onto this bottle for at least 5 more years before popping the cork." (WA)

"A dark, brooding wine, the 2013 Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano comes across as quite virile today, with huge tannins and equally imposing dark fruit. Smoke, leather, licorice and game add to an impression of raw, almost unrestrained, power. There is not a whole lot of finesse here at least not now. The Montestefano is a wine painted in broad brush strokes that emphasize power over elegance. Then again, that is Montestefano. Readers should be in no rush to open the 2013." (VM)

"New leather, camphor, forest berry, dried rose and culinary spice are some of the aromas you'll find on this exceptional red. The firmly structured, poised palate doles out juicy cranberry, crushed raspberry, white pepper and star anise framed in tightly-knit, refined tannins while bright acidity provides energy and balance. Drink 2020–2033." (WE)

Winery Notes:
This 12.5 acre vineyard resides on a steep hillside so it can withstand more rain than some of the other vineyards. Montestefano is the "Barolo" of the single vineyard Barbaresco rieserves from Produttori del Barbaresco. Its meaty structure and thickness on the palate make it an excellent aging wine. The first vintage of Montestefano was produced in 1974.