LANGHE NEBBIOLO

2020 Sottimano

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Grapes Nebbiolo
Colour Red
Origin Italy, Piedmont
Other Practising Organic
ABV 14.5%

Another stonker of a wine from Andrea that punches way above its pay grade. Gorgeous concentration, dark fruit, cherry and damson, some aromatic herbs and spice with dried rose petals adding a gentle florality. In the mouth there are bold rich tannins, lovely acid that gives sap and drive, then plum and raspberry fruit, balsamic herbs, aniseed and delicate spice. Drinking range: 2021 - 2030 L&S (Jul 2021)

*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.

The 2020 Langhe Nebbiolo is a great example of the year at its best. Freshly cut flowers, raspberry, spice, mint and cinnamon give this racy, beautifully perfumed Langhe Nebbiolo its undeniable appeal. The 2020 is an especially fine vintage for this bottling, as it has fabulous balance. Drinking range: 2021 - 2028 Rating: 90 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Sep 2021)

You could easily stock up guilt-free on the 2020 Langhe Nebbiolo. The wine knocks it out of the ballpark in this vintage. It shows lovely concentration and lots of color saturation that only comes to Nebbiolo in the best vintages. The bouquet reveals quality fruit with bold cherry and fresh blackberry. The results are especially bright and full of juicy fruit flavors. This is a well-priced option to recommend en masse for your favorite weekday meals. Production is 10,000 bottles. Drinking range: 2021 - 2025 Rating: 92 Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com) (Jun 2021)

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.

NEBBIOLO Mixed Case

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 signature combination of big-boned tannin and structure and delicate violet and tar fruit.

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