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ProducerSottimano (web)

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Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2022 (based on 2 user opinions)

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Community Tasting Notes (average 92 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 11 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by flat on 1/24/2014 & rated 92 points: young/to wait (2016-2020) (938 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 12/11/2013: Dark tobacco, been open a day, almost chocolate. Delicious all the same. (1199 views)
 Tasted by Winetex on 10/20/2007 & rated 92 points: Piedmont Dinner with wines (home): Very dark in color, almost purple in color. My notes similar to the previous bottle - this wine is still packed with dark fruit. There was an interesting earthy note in this bottle. Great balance. As Steffen says, very, very good still young Barbaresco. (4324 views)
 Tasted by steffenpelz on 10/20/2007: Wine Evening chez Shannon and Dave: First wine of the evening and a winner right out of the gates. I love the primary flavors of rose, tar, and plum...loads of tobacco and some other dark fruit goodness. This is a really solid wine whose character is that much more interesting due to low oak influence. Very, very good young bottle of Barbaresco. (4188 views)
 Tasted by Winetex on 5/23/2007 & rated 92 points: Dark clear purple in color (almost Barbera-like) with a slightly red rim; No signs of age other than it was less primary than when originally tasted at the winery. The initial aromas were very oaky. After it opened up it had spice, minerals and a bit of toast on the nose. This wine had very chewy tannins with good balance. It was heavier in weight than a lot of Barbarescos. The finish was long and distinctly classic Nebbiolo with cherries, spice, florals and minerals. It was initially very closed with slight aromas. After about 45 min-1 hour in the decanter it started to open up. The last glass was the best one. Bravo, Sottimano. [~$40 on release; Next bottle up in 2008, maybe on a yearly schedule] (3805 views)
 Tasted by Brnshj22 on 11/27/2006 & rated 92 points: Very dark for Nebbiolo with a ruby edge. No obvious signs of age. On day 1 it seems a bit closed but 2 hours in a decanter opens it up a bit. Lots of tannins and a powerful nose of chocolate. On day 2, the fruit is much more dominant with an irresistable and delicate bitterness. There is power in this wine, yet the nose is elegant and refined with notes of tea, roses and, yes, chocolate. Somehow the use of oak seems better integrated than the 2000 Pajoré and the structure and fruit is more true to the typical Nebbiolo character. Great potential here. 92+ pts. (3483 views)
 Tasted by Winetex on 6/30/2004 & rated 93 points: Tasted at the winery on 6/8/04. The focus and stucture of all of the Sottimano wines was amazing. We already have the 01 Fausoni and purchased a case of this wine at the winery. It needs at least two more years before even an attempt to drink. The winemaker indicated that they feel the drinking window on their wines is 5-7 years post vintage. Sottimano was one of our best winery visits in Piedmont.

8/23/04 - I broke down and opened one of these last night. Just to make sure it was still good (joke...). Yes, it was vinocide but this is a really good Barbaresco. No notes because I was enjoying so much. And yes, don't open one for two more years. If you see this in the states for less than $60 it's a buy. I noticed it is available at a couple of places in the US but more will be imported. 93 points

10/1/04 - A Gambero Rosso Tre Biccheri winner (Three Glasses Award). (5176 views)
 Tasted by futronic on 5/20/2004 & rated 92 points: Located 5km from Cotta, this cru is 450m up the hill. The extremely poor soil makes for a more austere wine. Ruby/garnet colour; darker than the others. Very perfumed nose showing some austerity, but with aromas of minerals, red fruit, tobacco, and spice. Full-bodied with outstanding purity of juice. Black/red fruits, flowers, and spice showing on the palate. The spice lingers through to the long, long finish, ~60s. Outstanding. (2860 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Italy’s 2001 Barolo and 2001 and 2003 Barbaresco vintages (Oct 2006)
(Sottimano Barbaresco Pajore) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, November/December 2004, IWC Issue #117
(Sottimano Barbaresco Pajore Vigneta Lunetta) Subscribe to see review text.
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Nebbiolo is a red grape indigenous to the Piedmont region of Italy in the Northwest. The grape can also be found in other parts of the world, though they are not as respected.

Nebbiolo is often considered the "king of red wines," as it is the grape of the famed wines of Barolo DOCG, Barbaresco DOCG, and Roero DOCG. It is known for high tannins and acidity, but with a distinct finesse. When grown on clay, Nebbiolo can be very powerful, tannic, and require long aging periods to reach its full potential. When grown on sand, the grape exhibits a more approachable body with more elegant fruit and less tannins, but still has high aging potential.

"Nebbiolo" is named for the Italian word, "nebbia", which means "fog", in Italian and rightfully so since there is generally a lot of fog in the foothills of Piedmont during harvest.

Nebbiolo is a late-ripening variety that does best in a continental climate that boasts moderate summers and long autumns. In Piedmont, Nebbiolo is normally harvested in October.

More links:
Varietal character (Appellation America) | Nebbiolo on CellarTracker


Italian Wines (ItalianMade.com, The Italian Trade Commission) | Italian Wine Guide on the WineDoctor


Vignaioli Piemontesi (Italian only)


Consorzio di Tutela Barolo Barbaresco Alba Langhe e Roero | Union of Producers of Albese Wines (Albeisa)


Geographical details of the DOCG down to single vineyards. The vineyards belonging to the comune Barbaresco can be found here

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