The charm of an ancient castle, the harmony of the slopes where the Barbaresco vines grow, the stubborn struggle of the proprietors to restore the area to its antique glories: all this is embodied in the Castello di Neive winery. One of the many hidden jewels of the Langa, in Piedmont, it has belonged to the Stupino family since 1964. Since then, the family has restored the venerable building, reorganized the cellars and winemaking facilities, replanted the vineyards and installed modern systems of wine production. The first years were dedicated to long-term studies carried out with the faculty of the agriculture department at the University of Torino. That work led to the discovery of old Piedmontese varieties, for example, arneis, and to the planting of new clones of the indigenous varieties. After a first running-in period, all the pieces of the mosaic came together in the creation of a spacious, modern winery for the vinification of nebbiolo. The historic castle became the family headquarters and continued to house the ancient barrel cellar. The grapes from the Neive territory are brought here, in particular the grapes from the prestigious plots of Basarin, Cortini, Gallina, Marcorino, and Valtorta, vineyards where barbera, dolcetto, pinot nero, grignolino and riesling grow. The Santo Stefano cru, however, is entirely dedicated to the production of Barbaresco. Basarin has always been dolcetto terroir, reliably giving fresh, fruity, juicy wines.
Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Basarin is a wonderfully drinkable red, with aromas of blackberries and currants along with spicy notes, powerful flavor, and a very long finish. Tannins are soft and resolved. The wine is meant for pairing with the typical products of the zone, but also with aged cured meats and cheeses, with veal and vegetable soup.
Dolcetto d'Alba V. Basarin '15
Castello di Neive
16,00 ex-cellar price