1997 Sottimano "Cotta Vigna Brichet" Barbaresco
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Sottimano's garnet/plum-colored 1997 Barbaresco Vigna Brichet-Cotta is structured, yet it possesses extraordinary density, concentration, and intensity. The bouquet offers aromas of Asian spices, soy, dried cherries, tobacco, incense, and smoke. Full-bodied, thick, chewy, highly concentrated, and moderately tannic, this 1997 needs another 1-2 years of cellaring; it should drink well for 14-15 years. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium red. Superripe aromas of red berry liqueur, plum and marzipan. Juicy and firm, with ripe acids giving the flavors very good clarity. A wine of moderate density. Finishes with substantial tongue-coating tannins. (ST)
Plenty of floral, ripe berry character in this young wine. Medium- to full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long finish. Best after 2004. (JS)
Rino Sottimano has seen his winery explode onto the Barbaresco scene in just a few years. Three important factors caused this, the relentless work of his son Andrea, the assistance of "super" winemaker Beppe Caviola and the commitment to reduced yields. His 21+ acres produces on average about 4,000 cases of wine or about 200 case per acre! Incredible ripeness, intense aromatics, able to go 20 years in your cellar. A wine for all seasons, truly marvelous.