Castello di Neive proprietor, Italo Stupino, owns the Santo Stefano vineyard in Neive, without question one of the most storied sites in all of Piedmont. It was Bruno Giacosa, with his legendary Barbarescos of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, who first brought the world’s attention to these vines. Even today, when he is more focused on making wines from estate-grown fruit, Giacosa speaks of Santo Stefano with reverence and awe, and lists it as the top vineyard in Barbaresco.
Castello di Neive Barbaresco Santo Stefano 2013
$79.95 per bottle / Six packs
93 Points / Vinous Media — Antonio Galloni
The 2013 Barbaresco Albesani Santo Stefano is a very beautiful and complete wine. Here, the superior quality of the vintage manifests itself in a wine with myriad layers of nuance and complexity. Weightless and yet wonderfully expressive, the 2013 has so much going on. Spice, menthol, dried herb and licorice notes all meld together. There is so much to like here.
93 Points / Decanter Magazine
The 8ha Santo Stefano vineyard is the jewel in the crown of Castello di Neive. The nose displays ripe, juicy, vibrant red fruit aromas, leading to a fine attack that’s precise and lifted. The palate is admirably concentrated, with ripe tannins and considerable force. There’s some spicy oak on the finish, which is long and punchy.
A Note on the 2013 Vintage:
Two thousand thirteen is shaping up to be an epic vintage of classic proportions and superb pedigree. The growing season was much more stable than 2012, but it is the last month of the year, a perfect September with warm days and cool nights, that yielded Barbarescos endowed with regal intensity. The 2013s remind me of the 2010s, but with more inner sweetness and mid-palate richness.