DOLCETTO D'ALBA

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2014 Bric del Salto Sottimano

Grapes Dolcetto
Colour Red
Origin Italy, Piedmont
ABV 13%

Andrea makes this much like his grander Nebbiolos - it spends 25 days slowly fermenting the alcohol and then a further 6-7 days on the lees for the malolactic to go through. This has to be one of the best expressions of Dolcetto. Packed with perky juiciness, fruit and a fabulous minerality that gives a lovely crunch to the finish. Very pretty, but at the same time a touch of crispness to the fruit that makes it immediately more drinkable. Try it slightly chilled with grilled or charred fish or meat.

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(25 days on skins, 6 months on lees) Medium pronounced aromas of creme de muree, cherries, violets, good grip, fresh cherries and blackberries, fragrant floral, decent acid, ripe tannins nice length.
(Nov 2015)

There are beautiful flavors of blackberry and black cherry here, yet this is tight, with a firm grip of tannins. Think salumi, pizza or cheese. Drink now through 2018.
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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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