Andrea’s barrel raised Barbera drinks like a sexy sexy fruited luxury wine in all but price. I have touted this one highly for years, and many of you know exactly what I’m talking about. In density, sex appeal, class, and substance, this stuff has only gotten better each year, with even more finesse….
“Sottimano gave the 2016 three weeks on the skins and 18 months in mostly neutral oak with no racking. Hints of lavender, sage and blue/purplish berry fruit add myriad shades of this understated, gracious Barbera. In the 2016, readers will find a gorgeous wine that is also much less bombastic in style than in the past.” 92 Antonio Galloni for the 2016, NOT THE 2019 OFFERED HERE
“The Sottimano 2018 Barbera d’Alba Superiore Pairolero offers more richness and concentration, painting a dark and sultry portrait of this popular grape from Piedmont. Fruit is drawn from old vines planted in the Basarin vineyard. Sottimano pushes for longer maceration times on all its wines, building the slow-release intensity and depth that characterizes this collection. Wild cherry and plum are backed by light spice and potting soil. The aromatic ensemble is elegant and lasting. There is hint of sweet berry on the fresh close.” 93 Monica Larner for the 2018, NOT THE 2019 OFFERED HERE