Sottimano Barbera d'Alba Pairolero 2015

$24.99
$22.49

SKU 14044

750ml

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This is an exceptional Barbera from the Sottimano family who is well-known for high quality Barbaresco wines. While Nebbiolo may be 'king' in Piedmont (Nebbiolo is the grape used in Barbaresco and Barolo), the other two main red grapes of the region, Dolcetto and Barbera, are becoming more exciting due to the commitment of high quality growers such as Sottimano, Sandrone and Clerico. The 'Pairolero' Barbera is a blend of two different vineyards of Barbera in Neive; Curra' and Basarin. Winemaker Andrea Sottimano uses only natural, indigenous yeasts in the winemaking and the malolactic fermentation is completed in French barrels, where the wine remains for approximately 15-16 months. 25% of the barrels used for aging are new, the remaining 75% have previously been used for up to 4 times. There is no filtering and no fining prior to bottling. Barbera has become one of our favorite 'everyday' reds with a full range of foods. Serve with white meats, light red meat dishes, bright tomato-based sauces, cheeses, olives, cured meats and more.
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Appellation Barbera d'Alba
Brand Sottimano
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Wine SpectatorDark tones of black cherry, plum and chocolate mark this brooding red. The dense texture and dusty tannins suggest this will evolve over the next several years. Fine length. Drink now through 2023. 1,000 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson, November 30, 2017
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Wine AdvocateThe delightful 2015 Barbera d'Alba Superiore Pairolero offers rich smoothness and ripe fruit intensity. The Barbera grape loves a warm vintage, and that's exactly what it gets here. You can almost feel the happiness radiating off the dark fruit at the core. Only 10% of the wine is aged in new oak barrels. Some 12,000 bottles were made, and the wine offers terrific value. Pairolero is a blend of fruit from the Basarin and San Cristoforo vineyards in Neive.

Monica Larner, April 27, 2018

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