Sottimano Barbaresco Cottà 2013
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The Sottimano family is one of the best growers in the Barbaresco zone of Piedmont. The Wine Advocate raves : 'I can’t say enough good things about the Sottimano family and the work they have done over the years to firmly establish themselves among Barbaresco’s top growers. This is one of the few places in Piedmont where every wine is consistently delicious. The only question is how delicious.'
The “Cottà,” is usually the most fruit-driven of the crus, and like all Barbaresco, made of 100% Nebbiolo. The incredibly old vines range from 50-70 years. The fermentation and the maceration on the skins normally takes about 25 days. All wild yeasts are used. The malolactical fermentation happens naturally in French barrels coopered expressively for Sottimano by Francois Frères in Burgundy. The wine stays in these barrels for approximately 24 months, half of this time on its lees. 15% of the barrels used for aging this wine are new; the remaining 85% have previously been used up to 4 times. There is no filtering and no fining prior to bottling. Only 400 cases produced.
VinousAs always, the 2013 Barbaresco Cottà is a wine of amplitude and breadth. Sweet dark cherry, pomegranate, mint, spices and leather meld together effortlessly. The Cottà has a bit less delineation and nuance than some of the other wines in the range, but more immediacy and mid-palate juiciness. As the years have passed, so many wines in this lineup have improved, but the Cottà has remained pretty much static, for better or worse.