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Barbaresco 'Pajore', Sottimano

Barbaresco 'Pajore', Sottimano
  • 100% Nebbiolo
  • 50-70 year old vines planted to soils rich in limestone
  • Fermentation and maceration occurs over 25 days with indigenous yeasts
  • Fermentation in French barrels coopered expressly for Sottimano by Francois Frères in Burgundy
  • Aged in barrel for approximately 24 months, half of this time on its lees
  • 10-15% of the barrels used for aging this wine are new, the remaining barrels have previously been used up to 4 times.
  • No Fining and no filtration
Producer:
Vintage:
2017
Country:
Italy
Region:
Piedmont
Appellation:
Barbaresco
Variety:
Nebbiolo
Color:
Red
Farming Practice:
Practicing Organic

Press & Reviews

Wine Advocate

Score:
93
Date:
2020-07-23

Wine Enthusiast

Score:
96
Date:
2020-10-01
Review:
Violet, new leather, truffle and spiced plum are just some of the aromas you'll find on this captivating red. Full bodied and boasting youthful tension, the linear palate delivers mature Morello cherry, spiced cranberry, star anise and tobacco framed in tightly knit, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2023–2030. 

Vinous Media

Score:
90
Date:
2019-11-01
Review:
The 2017 Barbaresco Pajorè is a pretty big departure from what readers have come to expect here. Slender in feel, the 2017 does not have the size or aromatic breadth that are the signatures of Pajorè , one of the very top sites in Barbaresco. Red cherry, blood orange, chalk and mint all open up in the glass, and yet the 2017 remains unusually compact. Perhaps I caught the 2017 on a bad day. We will see.

Terroir Sense

Score:
94
Date:
2021-03-20
Review:
The Valeirano cru gives relatively gentler Barbarescos and this 2017 plays the part, a good thing, as at times La Spinetta wines can be characterized by too much oak and structure for palates both trained and not. This La Spinetta 2017 Barbaresco Valeirano is perfumed and elegant, very pretty in its not overly dark red colour, while offering crisp aromas and flavours of red and dark fruit, menthol and lavender. It closes with youthfully chewy tannins that are manageable, and with good length and freshness. Drinking window: 2024-2036