2009 LANGHE NEBBIOLO Sottimano
||Origin: Italy, Piedmont
Lea & Sandeman review
This is a scaled down version of the Barbaresco, in that it is sourced from the estate's younger vines (10 to 15 years old) from the Basarin vineyard, undergoes exactly the same vinification and is bottled six months earlier. Very approachable and elegant, almost Pinot like. Licorice and spice.
Other reviews and comments
A savoury nose of mushrooms, truffles and leather. Very dry tannins but with more sour cherries than the nose suggests. Chewy, needs food to enhance its subtle plummy finish.
Mid ruby. All from Basarin vineyard so it could be labelled as such but vineyards are young (15 years) hence they prefer to call it Langhe. He loves the idea of Village wines in Burgundy. Beautifully fragrant and open. Floral and tea and just a touch of coffee. Then that real firm tannic grip, and the perfume on the palate all tied up by the structure. Chocolate texture (not taste) on the finish. Flavour all tied up in the texture too. According to Sottimano, the 2004 vintage of this wine has aged very well. 2013-2019
Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com
Made from young Barbaresco vines and therefore lighter in style than the estate's Barbaresco itself, this is fresh, delicate Nebbiolo for earlier drinking, showing lively ripe raspberry and plum fruit quality, tinged with spice. Mouthwateringly fresh juiciness and typical Nebbiolo tannins on the finish.
Nebbiolo must be one of the world's great grape varieties, but it rarely thrives with any virtue outside of its native Piedmont. It is, of course, the variety behind the great wines of Barolo and Barbaresco, but there are other Nebbiolos at less lofty prices that offer that signiature combination of big-boned tannin and structure and delicate violet and tar fruit. Here we offer 'declassified' Barolo from Andrea Oberto, a 'declassified' Barbaresco from Sottimano, aswell as Bricco Maiolica's crackers made in the land between the two great regions. From far away to the north-east at Boca comes a Nebbiolo blended with Vespolino and Bonarda. And, because we ought, there's some Barolo proper. Enjoy.