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2012 Castello di Neive Barbaresco Santo Stefano

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June 11, 2023 - $46



94Wine Enthusiast

Structured and loaded with finesse, this stunning red opens with scents of perfumed berry, rose petal, baking spice and a balsamic note. The focused palate delivers juicy black cherry, ground pepper, anise and tobacco alongside firm but refined tannins. It has great length, closing on a mineral note.

92+ Vinous / IWC

Blood orange, spice, wild flowers, mint and leather all open up in a striking, explosive Barbaresco endowed with real class.

91Wine Spectator

...stern, almost monolithic style, whose bright acidity and beefy tannins are softened by sweet cherry and spice flavors...elements are there.

90The Wine Advocate

It shows the black and ripe fruit exuberance of the vintage, but it also holds back with extra firmness and structure. The bouquet is immediate, but this wine holds forward over time, thanks to the firm grip and tenacity it delivers to the palate.

17Jancis Robinson

Lifted, peppery raspberry and cherry nose with proper depth...fruit sweetness on the attack and concentrated, tangy fruit with lots of grainy tannins on the finish. Long and balanced and delicious.


Italy, Piedmont, Barbaresco

Barbaresco is one of the two most acclaimed DOCGs in Piedmont, the other being Barolo. Located just a few miles north of Barolo, Barbaresco is a small town of fewer than 700 people and 1,680 vineyard acres, making it less than half the size of the Barolo DOCG. The other communes in this DOCG of rolling hills are Neive and Treiso. As in Barolo, the DOCG requires that Barbaresco DOCG wines be 100% Nebbiolo, a grape thought of as the Pinot Noir of Italy. Records show that Nebbiolo was grown in the Piedmont as early as the 14th century, and despite being somewhat finicky – it is late to ripen and easily damaged by adverse weather --- Nebbiolo makes highly aromatic and powerful red wines. Until the mid-19th century Nebbiolos of Piedmont were vinified as sweet wines, though that ended in the late 19th century when a French oenologist was invited to Piedmont to show producers how to make dry reds. By the late 20th century respected producers were making outstanding Nebbiolos, as well as Nebbiolo blends that do not carry the DOCG label. Barbaresco was made a DOC in 1966 and upgraded to a DCOG in 1980. DOCG Barbaresco must be aged a minimum of two years, with a minimum of one year in wood. Barbarescos are regarded as more subtle and refined than Barolos, and more approachable when young.


Red Wine, Nebbiolo, D.O.C.G.

This red grape is most often associated with Piedmont, where it becomes DOCG Barolo and Barbaresco, among others. Its name comes from Italian for “fog,” which descends over the region at harvest. The fruit also gains a foggy white veil when mature.