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2013 Pairolero Sottimano

Grapes Barbera
Colour Red
Origin Italy, Piedmont
ABV 14%
Vineyard Pairolero

This is possibly the wine Andrea has changed the most over the last few vintages. Here he really is winding in the oak 'treatment' more than any of the other wines. In so doing he feels he is really expressing the wonderful terroir and purity of the fruit - the new regime involves longer time ageing the wine on the lees to add intensity and texture but without the use of too much oak which would mask this - the results are clear. This is a cracking, hugely expressive Barbera. This has 3 weeks of skin contact and then a further 2 years on the lees in the cellar. There is a very juicy middle, plump dense fruit, a very succulent feel , but this finishes beautifully fresh and with a long line of minerality. It is a more impressive, more elegant Barbera than before and we love it!
(Apr 2016)

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Ripe black cherry, spice, herbal and full of plum, damson notes. Palate is rich with bags of dark fleshy fruit, bright acidity,spice and ripe round supple tannins, delicious.
(Apr 2016)

A lush style for the vintage, this delivers blackberry, plum, spice and earth flavors. Dense with tannins, leaving a pinched finish. Drink now through 2020.
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Andrea Sottimano's 2011s and 2012s are fabulous. The 2011 Barbarescos capture the radiance of the year, while the just-bottled 2012s show gorgeous purity of fruit along with a greater sense of restraint. Readers who haven't tasted the Sottimano wines in a few years will want to check out these superb, pedigreed Barbarescos, as quite a bit has changed here, particularly over the last 5-6 years. Today, the approach to farming is decidedly less interventionalist than in the past. Sottimano no longer uses pesticides and herbicides. Yields aren't quite as dramatically low as they once were. The same hands off approach carries through to winemaking. Cool temperatures encourage slow and long malolactic fermentations, a long aging on the lees with minimal rackings, an approach that is much more typical in Burgundy than it is in Piedmont. Today's wines are transparent, crystalline and full of personality. There is no question quality has never been higher.' Antonio Galloni, Autumn 2014.

This sixteen hectare estate is based in the Cotta' region of Barbaresco, and the Sottimano family have over the years bought outstanding vineyards in the 'crus' of Currà, Cottà, Fausoni and Pajore. Yields are kept very low and the winemaking as natural as possible, without the use of pesticides or artificial fertilisers, using only natural yeasts and bottling without filtering or fining. All of these 'crus' are given exactly the same oak treatment so as to allow the individual 'terroirs' express their character (fermentation in barriques, of which 30% new, followed by 18 to 20 months in neutral barriques).

There are five different terroirs with Nebbiolo planted within the estate:

  • Basarin, with a mixture of clay, limestone and sand, is at about four hundred metres above sea level. This produces the estate's Langhe Nebbiolo, which is basically 'village Barbaresco', as the vines are very young (10-15years old). It makes for wines that are always very elegant, refined, tannins are silky and softer, nuanced of spices and herbs (eucalyptus).
  • Fausoni, on sand and clay, makes wines that are always very elegant - mint, liquorice and little red fruits. This is in the historical part of Neive.
  • Currà, on clay and limestone, is one of the smallest cru of the whole appellation, wines are always very intense and powerful, hardbodied and with good tannins. Hints of spices and smoke are characteristics of this area.
  • Cottà, on limestone with clay,is is one of the oldest cru in Barbaresco, vines are always very old here (fifty years and older) and the colours are just a little bit lighter than other vineyards (because of the clay), but they have a very distinctive nose of dark fruits and mint, a great elegance and mineral tannins.
  • Pajore is almost entirely on limestone with just a little clay. This is the highest vineyard of all, at 420 metres above sea level. The vines are very old, and it is always the most mineral and elegant of the four Barbarescos. Limestone brings into the wine a great purity of fruit, a distinctive aroma of spices and tobacco (cigar box) and a very unusual quality of tannins, firm but very mineral.

You can find Sottimano Azienda Agricola on Google Maps here.

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