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Barbaresco Riserva, Sottimano - 2013

  • Provenance: Piedmont
  • Appellation: Barbaresco
  • Domain: Sottimano
  • Grape variety(ies): Nebbiolo
  • On-call time: 30 years
  • Style of wine: Vin de grand terroir
  • Alcohol degree: 14.5%
Dark ruby with garnet highlights, Sottimano's 2013 Barbaresco Riserva needs air, a proper decanter and patience. But then, what happiness! The nose overflows with joie de vivre - plums, black cherries, blackberries and dried figs take care of the fruity business, while the ethereal department takes care of the spiritual. Bergamot, vetiver and sandalwood, along with white pepper and floral accents, hit the spot. The palate could be summed up as an iron fist in a velvet glove. The tannic structure sets the bar very high: supported by rich fruit, it fills the mouth, the tannins are fleshy and firm. All this throbs with a nonchalance that is pure bliss! Vinous: 96/100
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The estate has been offering this wine since 2004. The wine is made from a selection of the oldest plots of Cottà and Pajoré (at least 50 years old).


25 days of maceration. 24 months of maturation.

Suggestions for accompaniment

Slow cooked lamb mice - Grilled red meat - Hachis Parmentier.


Founded in the 1970s by Rino Sottimano and taken over by two of his children, Elena and Andrea, this family-run estate in Barbaresco is a reference point in the Langhe region. Starting with a few plots of land in the Cottà cru, it now has almost 18 hectares spread over five of the best local crus, namely Currà, Cottà, Pajoré, Fausoni and Basarin. The vineyards have been cultivated organically since the very beginning, with absolute rigour in the work on the soil and the plants, and the approach in the cellar is equally respectful of the raw material. Fermentations and macerations last at least three weeks. No selected yeast is used. Malolactic fermentation is never triggered; it occurs naturally in the spring following the harvest. The wine is aged in François Frères Burgundy barrels of very noble origin, where it remains for 18 to 22 months. Each wine expresses its terroir and vintage with maximum precision and detail, combining the tannic elegance of the Burgundian approach in casks with the classic restraint of Piedmontese wines.


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