|Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco ‘Santo Stefano’ di Neive Riserva :
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Giacosa’s signature Barbaresco, Santo Stefano is often the most heralded wine in the region and very well may be the most collectible Barbaresco in the world. Bruno Giacosa nurtures a profound passion for Piemontese wine that has been handed down for three generations. A respect for traditional viticulture and vinification defines his winemaking philosophy, as he believes that a noninterventionist approach, typified by the simplicity of the past, enables the most genuine expression of Piemonte’s wines. Giacosa ranks among the most respected producers of traditional-style Barolo.
Giacosa did not hold ownership of any vineyards prior to his purchase of the Falletto Vineyard in 1982. Rather, he chose to buy grapes from some of the area’s best sites, establishing a reputation for astute selection that continues to be a mainstay of his production. Giacosa firmly believes in the value of single-vineyard bottlings and honors this conviction by bottling crus only in the better vintages; wines that fail to realize established standards are either declassified and sold as Nebbiolo or remain unbottled.
Originally bottled in 1960, the Santo Stefano is sourced from five acres planted between 1967 and 1977. It is aged for a period of two years in large French oak barrels and receives an additional 12 months’ aging prior to release.
Giacosa’s Barbaresco 'Santo Stefano' is on par with Gaja’s three crus, representing the pinnacle of Barbaresco. While already drinking well, the 2001 vintage will continue to evolve over the next decade. The perfumed nose of rose petal, cinnamon, currant, and licorice is followed by a rich, velvety mouthfeel.
Producer: Bruno Giacosa
Vineyard(s): Santo Stefano
Altitude: 300 meters
Classification: Barbaresco DOCG
First Year: 1960
Bottle Production: 7,100
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