BARBARESCO

2012 Fausoni Sottimano

Grapes Nebbiolo
Colour Red
Origin Italy, Piedmont
Village Barbaresco
ABV 13%
Vineyard Fausoni

Medium pronounced mint and liquorice, cherries and strawberry. Palate is rich concentrated, supple with good fruit drive in the core then liquorice, some oak notes then a mineral drive. L&S (Nov 2015)


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Lovely nose of red currant, raspberry, silky pretty and pure, mint notes, mocha. Palate has good weight rich full tannins, lovely silky red fruit, mint and fresh acid good length.L&S (Mar 2015)

This red offers bright cherry notes, along with hints of tar, spice and tobacco, underscored by fierce tannins that coat the gums on the finish. Drinking range: 2018 - 2025 Rating: 88 Bruce Sanderson, The Wine Spectator (Jul 2016)

A fresh, refined 2012 Barbaresco with dark-berry, floral and hints of walnut character. Full body, firm tannins and a clean finish. Drink now. Rating: 93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Nov 2015)

Sottimano

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 (10-15 years 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, hard-bodied and with good tannins. Hints of spices and smoke are characteristics of this area.
  • Cottà, on limestone with clay 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.

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