Piedmont's 'third way' and the epitome of elegant Nebbiolo
Sectarianism rears its ugly head all over the wine world, drawing lines in the sand that divide winemakers and wine drinkers alike. Perhaps nowhere is this sectarianism more pronounced than in Italy’s Piedmont region, where “modern” producers are contrasted with “traditional” producers. The dog whistle for both sides in this battle is barrel size, with the new school employing small French oak barrels - barriques - the most prominent opting for a majority or totality of new oak. The traditionalists maintain large, centuries old casks called botti.
In the spirit of civil discourse and unity I humbly offer Piedmont’s third way, the wines of Sottimano. With a nod to the new school, Andrea Sottimano employs small French oak barrique (though the percentage of new oak is minuscule). In an homage to the old school, the wines are decidedly of their place, brimming with acidity, introspective, and soulful.
I’m proud to offer the only bottles of Sottimano’s 2014 Barbaresco Pajoré in South Carolina. Located on the southwestern edge of Barbaresco, next to the Barolo and truffle-producing village of Alba, Pajoré offers a lithe and lifted expression of Barbaresco from 50 to 70 year old organically farmed vines.
The past year has been kind to this wine as it sheds the raw power of its youth and the purity of fruit begins to peek through. I always advise making the investment of 2 bottles, one for the coming years and one for the long haul.
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