1999 Bruno Giacosa, Barbaresco, Santo Stefano (RT95) Slow O’d for the day, then decanted about two hours prior to serving. Of the night’s entire line-up, this was the only wine to show a more advanced color with its classic garnet hue, although those who follow Giacosa know this is somewhat typical for a relatively young Giacosa. The contrast to the Castello di Neive could not be more notable, as signature Giacosa notes of ripe fruit, brown sugar, sweet spice and hints of fennel initially dominate the bouquet. As it opens in the glass its complexity picks up with orchestration in the form of truffle, dried rose petal and faint goudron chiming-in. The overall feel is one of majestic opulence as it shows a softer texture with less verve than the other ‘99s. Still, a classic and delicious Santo Stefano with its best years ahead. Drink 2012-2039