2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Montestefano Riserva Barbaresco
This is usually the last wine in this series of nine, representing the most powerful and concentrated side of the Nebbiolo spectrum as interpreted by Produttori del Barbaresco. The 2016 Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano (with 12,516 bottles released) is rich and darkly saturated, with a plush and opulent bouquet that is redolent of red berry, dried raspberry and candied orange peel. This is a blend of fruit from vineyards owned by the Gonella, Maffei, Marcarino, Rivella, Rocca and Vacca families. You feel the density of the wine on the palate, thanks to firm tannins and lots of extra fruit weight and texture. Despite that extra muscle (and the usual 15% alcohol content), Montestefano also shows a soft and especially enriched personality. Drink 2024 - 2055.
Monica Larner - Wine Advocate (June 2021)
The 2016 Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano is another profound wine in this lineup. There is virtually no perception of tannin, as the fruit is so rich and so voluptuous. Dark cherry/plum fruit, spice, menthol, licorice and a whole range of balsamic inflections grow as the Montestefano shows off its class. This profound Barbaresco will thrill readers for years to come. Drink 2024 - 2041.
Antonio Galloni - Vinous
So much power. Almost painfully intense as at now, and of course, the most Barolo-like of the crus. Incense, dark cherry, slate-like tannin, huge length. Suffused with ‘mineral’ character and latent power. Finish is all black tea, spice, and nascent perfume. Drink 2026-2046.
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front