Garnet red colour. Intense and complex bouquet with notes reminiscent of violet, liquorice and raspberry. Its flavour is full and robust with tannic texture.
Vinous 93 points - (to be released in 2014): Medium with a hint of amber. Highly complex, scented nose combines red plum, cherry, strawberry, clove, medicinal herbs and a hint of orange zest. Intensely flavored, juicy and tightly wound, with lovely cut and definition to the red fruit and spice flavors. Very concentrated, tactile wine whose firm tannic spine will require at least several years of cellaring. Finishes with terrific lift.
93+ Points (Nov 2013)
Wine Advocate 91 points - This 2011 Barbaresco Albesani Vigna Santo Stefano is on the market since February and has had ample time to flesh out over the last six months of bottle aging. The wine opens to a light garnet color and immediate fruit tones that veer towards the jammy side with sun-dried strawberry and raspberry. It shows a good level of freshness and acidity to counter the warmer tendencies of the bouquet. The tannins deliver a smooth, silky quality and the wine starts to show pretty aromas of wet earth and black truffle after a few minutes in the glass. Drink: 2015-2030. (Jul 2014)
Wine Spectator 93 points - Graphite, floral, cherry, licorice and tobacco aromas and flavors abound in this firm, muscular red. Stays bright and focused, with a chewy, savory finish. The last vintage of Santo Stefano under the Giacosa label. Best from 2016 through 2025.B.S. (Aug 27 2014)