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IronGate Fine Wine Auction

Tue, Apr 30, 2024 10:00AM EDT - Tue, May 7, 2024 08:00PM EDT
  • 2004
  • 750ml
  • Italy
  • Piedmont
  • Red
  • FF976
  • FF976
Lot 595

2004 Bruno Giacosa Santo Stefano Di Neive Barbaresco DOCG - 1 bottle(s)-750ml format

Estimate: CAD$360 - CAD$500

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This lot is comprised of 1 bottle(s) of 2004 Bruno Giacosa Santo Stefano Di Neive Barbaresco DOCG - 750ml. Estimate for this lot is between $360 - $500 with a reserve of $260. The wine in this lot belongs to collection 11467.


Please note the following bottle conditions in this lot In Neck on 2004 Bruno Giacosa Santo Stefano Di Neive Barbaresco DOCG

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This avid and knowledgeable Edmonton-based collector has been cellaring high quality wines for several decades. The wines were typically purchased in multiple quantities (3, 6, 12 bottles) from trusted local fine wine retail shops but over time were also sourced from the SAQ, LCBO, during US travel, or direct from US wineries. To round out the collection and ‘fill holes’, highly collectable bottles of interest were occasionally purchased at auction in Canada where provenance was assured. The wines are from regions around the world and were stored after purchase in monitored temperature (54-57 °C) and humidity-controlled wine fridges. The size of the collection has grown to a point where, although not initially purchased for resale, the time has come to ‘thin’ out multiple bottle quantities for others to enjoy.

The wine in this lot has a score of 95 from Robert Parker and the following tasting note -Giacosa's 2004 Barbaresco Santo Stefano is a superb wine. Sweet, floral, mentholated aromatics meld into an expressive core of ripe fruit, with superb length and elegant tannins to round out the finish. Made in a more linear style than the Asili and Rabaja, it doesn't possess the expansiveness of those two wines, but it does reveal tremendous depth, harmony and balance. This pure, sweet, long Barbaresco is the best Santo Stefano in years. At a time in life when many of his colleagues have begun to slow down, Bruno Giacosa continues to make stunning wines of the highest level. Of course Giacosa has the good fortune of having the services of long-time oenologist Dante Scaglione, who is one of the most prodigiously talented winemakers in Italy. Although age has slowed Giacosa down somewhat, he was in fine form during the several hours we spent tasting his 2004, 2005 and 2006 Barolos and Barbarescos from barrel earlier this year. Simply put, 2004 will go down as one of the all-time great Giacosa vintages for both Barolo and Barbaresco. The Red Label Riservas are the Barbaresco Asili and the Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto, but his other wines aren't too far behind in terms of quality. From cask, the Barolos revealed slightly more promise, but that may be splitting hairs at this level. In 2004 Giacosa also fulfilled a long-standing dream by making his first Barolo from La Morra, the Barolo Croera, which will be released next year. The Croera is made from a newly-acquired vineyard in the Serradenari district of La Morra, an area best known for its Dolcettos. So far Giacosa's 2005s appear to be well-balanced, yet smaller-scaled wines that will likely drink well relatively early, while the 2006s are decidedly bigger and more powerful. I also noted a marked improvement in the quality of the Barbaresco Santo Stefano, which is the only single-vineyard wine the estate still makes from purchased fruit. Our tasting ended with the 1967 Barbaresco Riserva Asili. It was, in a word...sublime. The world will have to wait for the 2004 Barolos and Barbarescos to be released, in the meantime readers will find no shortage of compelling offerings among this set of new releases from Bruno Giacosa. The 2006 Dolcettos are excellent to outstanding, while the 2005 Barberas reflect the more modest qualities of that vintage. Giacosa is among the producers whose views on the 2003 vintage for Barolo and Barbaresco have changed dramatically in recent years. While many producers draw comparisons with 1947, Giacosa is one of the very few who can speak from personal experience. At first pessimistic, he initially thought he might not bottle any of his top wines but as time has passed his stance has changed, and today he is much more enthusiastic about the vintage.