Sottimano Barbaresco Pajoré 2015
Made of 100% Nebbiolo, the Barbaresco 'Pajoré' is the most traditional style of Barbaresco from Sottimano. This wine is a picture of elegance, with striking balance and perfect ripeness. The vineyard is located in Treiso, between Barbaresco and Alba. The main characteristic of this wine is the velvety and elegant tannins combined with a spicy and floral aroma. Pajoré (pronounced 'pay-your-ay') is one of the most famous Barbaresco vineyards of Piedmont. The heart of Pajoré sits at a near-perfect elevation of 230 - 300 meters with very lean marly, limestone soil and a cooler climate. Vinification includes fermentation and maceration on the skins for 22-24 days, followed by malolactic fermentation in French barriques and aging in 25% new/75% older French oak barriques for up to 20 months.
We have had the opportunity to taste through these beautiful, balanced, authentic wines with Andrea Sottimano in Italy and here stateside, and we continue to be impressed with every vintage. The Pajoré is often the prettiest of the cru's yet full of rich berry fruit and deep tannin, and delicious to serve with cured meats, roasted meats, risotto dishes with mushrooms or truffles, or with fine cheeses.
Andrea Sottimano and his father Rino produce wines of outstanding quality from 13 hectares in the Cottà, Currà, Fausoni, Pajoré and Basarin cru's in the Treiso and Neive townships. Their Barbaresco wines are elegant, evocative, subtle and yet hearty - to taste these cru's side-by-side is to discover the wonderful differences of terroir from each site. The approach here is one of minimal intervention: indigenous yeasts, no fining or filtering. No insecticides are used and only organic fertilizers are used, and only minimally.
|Region||Italy, Piedmont, Barbaresco|
Wine EnthusiastEnticingly fragrant, this radiant red has lovely aromas of woodland berry, violet, new leather, aromatic herb and a whiff of pipe tobacco. Firmly structured, the vibrant focused palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, crushed strawberry, licorice and clove framed in taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023-2035.
Wine AdvocateOf these various single-vintage releases by Sottimano (including Basarin, Cottá and Fausoni), the 2015 Barbaresco Pajorè is very well integrated and smooth. The tannin management shows an excellent approach, and you don't get the astringency that comes forward in the Basarin. Instead, this expression offers increased focus on the ripe, round and plump fruit of the vintage. Only 5,000 bottles (including magnums) were produced.
Wine SpectatorSleek and linear, with cherry, strawberry, menthol and chalky, stony flavors fused to the muscular tannins. Finishes lean and dry, with a kernel of sweet fruit bound up in the structure. This seems to have already shut down, so forget about it for five years. Best from 2024 through 2040. 370 cases made.