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1997 Sottimano "Cotta Vigna Brichet" Barbaresco

SKU #232381 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (6/2001)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (11/2000)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (12/2000)

K&L Notes

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.

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