A Steal in Piedmont!
Castello di Neive and proprietor Italo Stupino own 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. The word is still not out on Castello di Neive. In the US the distribution of these wines has been uneven, and they can be hard to find. We here at WPW are lucky enough to offer a vertical of these great wines. They are considered a steal in comparison to other vintners that source grapes from the very same vineyards.
1997 Castello di Neive Barbaresco La Rocca di Santo Stefano– $65.00btl or $660.00cs
Very rich plum skin and blackberry aromas. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a medium finish.
1996 Castello di Neive Barbaresco Santo Stefano– $63.00btl or $655.00cs
Crisply focused and elegant, a refined wine with generous licorice-scented berry and tar aromas and flavors, firm and peppery on the finish.
1997 Castello di Neive Barbaresco Santo Stefano– $55.00btl or $564.00cs
Fresh rose aromas, with plum and citrus fruit, follow through to a medium body, with fine tannins and a fresh finish.
2005 Castello di Neive Barbaresco Santo Stefano– $68.00btl or $670.00cs
Pretty aromas of dried rose petals and light plums. Light-to-medium body, with light tannins and a fresh finish.
1999 Castello di Neive Barbaresco Santo Stefano di Neive Riserva– $95.00btl or $1044.00cs
Strawberry, cedar and light floral character. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a long finish. Lovely refined wine.
2003 Castello di Neive Barbaresco Santo Stefano di Neive Riserva- $70.00btl or $675.00cs
A delicate, subtle Barbaresco. Aromas of strawberry tea, with hints of honey. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins, crisp acidity and a light finish.
Mark Lasky / Italian Wine Specialist
WPW / 813.241.8587