2016 Sottimano Barbaresco Pajore


Wine Enthusiast: 96/100
Vinous: 95+/100
Vinum: 18.5/20
Wine Advocate: 94/100
Jancis Robinson: 17.5/20

“The 2016 is very young and yet also so easy to appreciate in the early going. That is often a sign of a truly great wine. Don’t miss it”

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Professional reviews:

Wine Enthusiast: “Elegant and structured, this full-bodied wine has aromas of ripe black-skinned berry, leather, menthol and baking spice. The focused palate shows great freshness and finesse, offering cranberry, red cherry, vanilla and licorice set against firm, fine-grained tannins and vibrant acidity before a tight orange zest finish. Drink 2024–2036.” 96/100 pts

Vinous (Antonio Galloni): “The 2016 Barbaresco Pajorè is powerful, dense and explosive, as the best wines from this site tend to be. Deeply balsamic, with tremendous depth, the 2016 opens up effortlessly on the palate. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2016 needs quite a bit of time to be at its best, despite its considerable appeal today. Menthol, spice, leather and licorice infuse a core of dark fruit with striking layers of nuance.” 95+/100 pts

Vinous (Antonio Galloni): “The 2016 Barbaresco Pajorè is a super-classic, explosive wine endowed with tremendous depth and character. Hauntingly beautiful aromatics laced with spice, menthol and blood orange make a strong opening statement. The Pajorè has traditionally been a big wine here. Although there is plenty of breadth and texture, the 2016 remains light on its feet. Lavender, mint, licorice and blue/purplish berry fruit are wonderfully alive in the glass. The 2016 is very young and yet also so easy to appreciate in the early going. That is often a sign of a truly great wine. Don’t miss it.” 95/100 pts

Wine Advocate: “Sottimano has five vineyard sites, and the Pajorè site near Treiso has the poorest soils of them all. These wines are more elegant and ready as as result. The 2016 Barbaresco Pajoré sees 40-plus days of maceration and one month of submerged cap in oak (the same goes for all of their Barbarescos), and this can be done only when the skins are perfectly healthy. Remember that this is organic farming we’re talking about. The skins are still crunchy. Here you’ll find a spicy, elegant and sweet Nebbiolo that is fine and yet really covers the mouth well. I picked up some exotic flower notes that are hard to pinpoint, and once again, the nice saline mouthfeel is impressive.” 94/100 pts

Vinum: “Exquisite style, already the first impression with its spicy forest berry nose and the leather notes takes for itself; on the palate compact, the tannins robust, balanced, finely bitter fruit final. An elegant Barbaresco from a picture book.” 18.5/20 pts

Jancis Robinson: “Dark ruby. Subdued and closed on the nose. Sweet fruit that is still very reluctant to come out on the palate and bags of coating tannins. Built like a stone house and monolithic for the moment. 17.5/20 pts”

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