Barbaresco Santo Stefano Albesani Riserva DOCG 2016

The grapes that are destined for this ultra-premium wine come from the highly-respected Santo Stefano vineyard which is known to make some of Piemonte’s finest Nebbiolo wines.  As with the other Castello di Neive Barbarescos, this wine is made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes, but the grapes used to make this wine represent the finest selection of grapes, picked at optimum ripeness.  These grapes are pressed and the resulting wine is allowed to age in wooden barrels for 4 years to soften the wine’s tannins and add a layer of spicy complexity to the wine’s opulent floral aromas.

Tasting Notes

Medium garnet in color with reddish-brown reflections, intense aromas of black cherries, dried roses, licorice, and potpourri pour out of the glass.  The aging regime on this wine has made the tannins velvety without taking away from the wine’s age worthiness.

Food Pairing

Pairs well with elegant dishes such as perfectly-grilled steaks with red wine sauces, slow-braised beef with pearl onions, and roasted lamb shanks.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Santo Stefano
Vineyard size
16.7 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous
Training method
Guyot
Elevation
825 feet
Vines/acre
1,400
Average Vine Age
50
Yield/acre
2.9 tons
Exposure
Southern / Southwestern
Year vineyard planted
1963; 1970; 1971; 2001
Harvest time
September
First vintage of this wine
1971
Bottles produced of this wine
7
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Nebbiolo
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
10 years +
Length of alcoholic fermentation
12 days
Fermentation temperature
82 °F
Maceration technique
Pumpovers and Aeration
Maceration length
12
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barrels and Stainless steel tanks
Length of bottle aging
1 year
Size of aging container
35 HL
Type of oak
French oak: Allier
Length of aging before bottling
4 years

Other wines you may like from

Castello di Neive

Barbaresco DOCG

Nebbiolo

View Details

Barbaresco Santo Stefano Albesani DOCG

Nebbiolo

View Details

Barbera d'Alba Santo Stefano DOC

Barbera & Barbera-based Blends

View Details

Barbera d'Alba Superiore DOC

Barbera & Barbera-based Blends

View Details

Dolcetto d'Alba Basarin DOC

Dolcetto

View Details

LANGHE PINOT NERO iCortini

Pinot Noir/Pinot Nero & Pinot Noir-based Blends

View Details

Langhe Rosso i Cortini DOC

Pinot Noir/Pinot Nero & Pinot Noir-based Blends

View Details

Metodo Classico

Pinot Noir/Pinot Nero & Pinot Noir-based Blends

View Details

Piemonte Grignolino DOC

Other White Grape or Blend

View Details