2021 Sottimano

Grapes Nebbiolo
Colour Red
Origin Italy, Piedmont
ABV 14.5%

Very pretty strawberries, red cherries, chocolate, bitter orange, spice. Palate is succulent, filled with sleek red fruits, herbs, spice and balsamic L&S (Jan 2023)

*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles of wine (or 9 litre equivalent) or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified (4.5 litres) to get the discounted 'case price' for each bottle.

Spontaneous fermentation. 30–35 days on skins. Aged in big oak casks. Light crimson. Fragrant, open, delicate aroma of red fruits. Really dry tannins, much too young to broach, chalky finish and a little bit severe at the moment. (JH) 14.5% Drinking range: 2026 - 2031 Rating: 16+ Julia Harding MW, (Apr 2023)

The 2021 Langhe Nebbiolo, from young vines in Basarin, is far from an easygoing wine. If anything, it needs time in bottle to be at its best. Today bright acids and piercing tannins dominate, and there is fine persistence, not to mention tons of class. Crushed flowers, chalk, white pepper and a burst of red berry fruit linger. Drinking range: 2022 - 2031 Rating: 90 Antonio Galloni, (Nov 2022)


The next generation of Andrea, Elena and Claudia Sottimano are now at the helm here and this exquisite estate continues to make better and better wines - some of the finest in Barbaresco. 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, Pajore and Basarin. In the vineyard they work organically and aim to limit yields. The winemaking is as low-intervention as possible, using only natural yeasts and then bottling without filtering or fining. All of these 'crus' are given exactly the same élevage, so as to allow the individual 'terroirs' to express their character. Terroir expression is the target here - and these amazing wines are as much an education as a joy to drink.

There are five different crus - each with very specific attributes where they produce their distinctly different Barbarescos. The latest edition is 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.

A Dozen Italian Beauties by Matthew Jukes

We’re always thrilled to hear of others enjoying our wines. Following our Italian tasting earlier this year, wine critic Matthew Jukes (MoneyWeek, singled out a dozen of his favourites, old and new, published on his website.

To make life easier, we’ve gathered together some from his selection into a handy mixed case, six different wines and 12 bottles for escaping to Italy this May.


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