($75) Good full red. Roasted, exotic aromas of plum, cherry and tar. Plump and lush in the mouth; as it did two years ago from barrel, this comes across as seductively sweet, even exotic. Finishes with very suave tannins that arrive late. A big success for the year.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: November/December 2004
Wine Spectator | Rating: 95
Incredibly rich, with loads of ripe fruit followed by lots of flamboyant new wood. Then it turns to crushed berries. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and a fantastic finish. Named after the tiny chapel that crowns the Santo Stefano di Perno vineyard near Monforte d'Alba.
Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90
The estate's 2000 Barolo Vigna Cappella di Santo Stefano displays a penetrating nose of spices, macerated cherries, and mint. The most complete of the three Barolos, it is at once brooding and closed, but at the same time intense, displaying generous amounts of sweet dark fruit with excellent persistence.