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Sottimano Barbaresco Fausoni 2004

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The Sottimano family (Rino and his wife Anna with their three children) have worked hard to elevate their estate into the top echelon. Particular attention is given to the cultivation of the vineyards; in this way, through very low yields, it is possible to produce structured, full bodied wines, which can be aged for several years. Since 1990, the vines have undergone only natural treatments with no use of pesticides, artificial fertilizers or weedkillers; the traditional diseases that normally afflict the vineyards are treated using eco-friendly products. During the vinification no selected yeasts are employed, and the wines are bottled without filtration or fining. Of the four Barbarescos made at Sottimano we are just listing the one. Fausoni is a very small, south west-facing vineyard of 1ha in Neive. It is so small in fact, that Sottimano is the only house making a Fausoni at this time. The 2003 vintage was particularly difficult in Piedmont with very little rain and plenty of heat. In the vineyard plants were pruned several times to maintain the balance, whilst the grapes were left covered by the leaf canopy to prevent burning. In the winery the wine undergoes maceration on the skins in steel vats with temperature control for 6-7 days, malolactic fermentation in barriques and ageing in French oak barriques for 22 months. The Barbaresco “Fausoni,” from 40-year old vines, is the most floral of Sottimano's offerings with aromas of cassis, currant and mint, and a firm core of vibrant acidity. Brilliant ruby red colour and nuances of garnet red, moderate transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas that start with hints of cherry, plum and violet followed by aromas of liquorice, menthol, tobacco, vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon and mace. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and pleasing crispness, however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavours and good tannins. The finish is persistent with flavours of plum and cherry. The 2004 Fausoni is wonderfully harmonious; rarely has a Barbaresco of this ilk drunk so beautifully in its infancy. I asked Andrea Sottimano how it would evolve: “Another two to three years with this type of expression, then, like all strong wines, it will close down for a couple of years, before waking up on the other side”.

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Sottimano:
The Sottimano winery was founded in 1974 by Maggiore Sottimano; the first step was purchasing the cellar and the vineyard in the Cottá area, a very highly reputed area for Nebbiolo grapes. Since then, Mr. Rino Sottimano the owner has developed the estate by buying other prestigious vineyards: Currá, Fausoni, Pajoré and, more recently, Basarin. Currently, our family cultivate an average of 13 he... Read more
The Sottimano winery was founded in 1974 by Maggiore Sottimano; the first step was purchasing the cellar and the vineyard in the Cottá area, a very highly reputed area for Nebbiolo grapes. Since then, Mr. Rino Sottimano the owner has developed the estate by buying other prestigious vineyards: Currá, Fausoni, Pajoré and, more recently, Basarin. Currently, our family cultivate an average of 13 hectares and the production is divided into five “crus” of Barbaresco: Currá, Cotta, Fausoni, Basarin and Pajoré,one Dolcetto “Bric del Salto”, one Barbera “Pairolero” and one dry Brachetto , called “Maté”. The company produces an average of 60,000 bottles. Read less

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Snooth User: davepooley
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4.50 5
03/10/2012

Four and a half glasses



The Sottimano family (Rino and his wife Anna with their three children) have worked hard to elevate their estate into the top echelon. Particular attention is given to the cultivation of the vineyards; in this way, through very low yields, it is possible to produce structured, full bodied wines, which can be aged for several years. Since 1990, the vines have undergone only natural treatments with no use of pesticides, artificial fertilizers or weedkillers; the traditional diseases that normally afflict the vineyards are treated using eco-friendly products. During the vinification no selected yeasts are employed, and the wines are bottled without filtration or fining. Of the four Barbarescos made at Sottimano we are just listing the one. Fausoni is a very small, south west-facing vineyard of 1ha in Neive. It is so small in fact, that Sottimano is the only house making a Fausoni at this time. The 2003 vintage was particularly difficult in Piedmont with very little rain and plenty of heat. In the vineyard plants were pruned several times to maintain the balance, whilst the grapes were left covered by the leaf canopy to prevent burning. In the winery the wine undergoes maceration on the skins in steel vats with temperature control for 6-7 days, malolactic fermentation in barriques and ageing in French oak barriques for 22 months. The Barbaresco “Fausoni,” from 40-year old vines, is the most floral of Sottimano's offerings with aromas of cassis, currant and mint, and a firm core of vibrant acidity. Brilliant ruby red colour and nuances of garnet red, moderate transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas that start with hints of cherry, plum and violet followed by aromas of liquorice, menthol, tobacco, vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon and mace. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and pleasing crispness, however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavours and good tannins. The finish is persistent with flavours of plum and cherry. The 2004 Fausoni is wonderfully harmonious; rarely has a Barbaresco of this ilk drunk so beautifully in its infancy. I asked Andrea Sottimano how it would evolve: “Another two to three years with this type of expression, then, like all strong wines, it will close down for a couple of years, before waking up on the other side”.

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