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Sottimano, Barbaresco 'Pajore', 2019


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Older vines (60-70 years) and more limestone than the Fausoni, creating a naturally  more structured wine that Sottimano balances out with a shorter maceration. Pure and beautiful.


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Barbaresco's getting hot fast and we are now in what may be a fairly short window when good buying opportunities abound. Tighter allocations and higher prices seem to be just around the corner.

How did we get here? Sottimano's story explains a lot.

It started in the late 1960s, when Sottimano, based in Neive with vines there and in Treiso, was among the first to follow in Gaja's steps and set up shop selling domaine bottlings. You can still, very occasionally, find old bottles of Sottimano from the 1970s and they are amazing. Then, in the 1990s, Sottimano went through a modern phase. Like so many other producers, they made wine with too much new oak.

But the domaine started change things up in 2004. Not everything at once, of course, but between 2004 and around 2010, Sottimano cut down drastically on new wood, eliminated all chemicals in the vineyard, and switched to wild yeast fermentation. The results have been stunning. As Kerin O’Keefe puts it in her great book, Barolo & Barbaresco, Sottimano “has undergone a radical and very welcome change in all aspects of its wine-making philosophy [and] is now turning out terroir-driven Barbaresco that are both exquisite and complex.”

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 95
"Here's a beautifully elegant and fine expression of Nebbiolo from Treiso. The Sottimano 2019 Barbaresco Pajoré shows an earthy personality with crushed stone and potting soil that frame a pretty core of red and purple fruits. I love the depth and complexity of this wine and the slightly more structured tannins that give this wine power and importance. " -Robert Parker

Wine Spectator

WS 94
"This Barbaresco displays breadth, providing the framework for macerated cherry, plum, earth, menthol, licorice and tar flavors. Chewy in the end, with freshness and complexity. Be patient. Best from 2025."

Wine Enthusiast

WE 94
"Truffle, red berry, rose and sandalwood aromas slowly take shape in the glass. Taut and linear, the palate reveals truffle, dried cherry, orange zest and star anise accompanied by fine-grained, rather drying tannins and fresh acidity."

What importer Skurnik Wines has to say about this wine...

100% Nebbiolo
50-70 year old vines planted to soils rich in limestone
Fermentation and maceration occurs over 25 days with indigenous yeasts
Fermentation in French barrels coopered expressly for Sottimano by Francois Frères in Burgundy
Aged in barrel for approximately 24 months, half of this time on its lees
10-15% of the barrels used for aging this wine are new, the remaining barrels have previously been used up to 4 times.
No Fining and no filtration


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