"Sottimano's 2016 Langhe Nebbiolo is a juicy, fruit-forward wine that paints a pretty picture of young Nebbiolo. The wine also makes a great argument for the quality of the 2016 vintage, especially as it pertains to this magnificent grape from Piedmont. It's hard not to be super enthusiastic for a wine with this wide drinking appeal and food-pairing versatility. In truth, this wine shows enough tannic firmness for some near-term ageing, although there's no good reason not to drink it now. With 20,000 bottles made, you get phenomenal value here."
91 points, Monica Larner, September 2018.
"I came away from my late summer tastings of Barbarescos deeply impressed. The region, which has so often appeared sleepy and backward, especially compared to Barolo, seems to be going through a brilliant phase. Reference-point estates are upping their game, while a number of ambitious, young winemakers are making significant improvements in quality. The 2016s, wines from a potentially historic vintage, may very well put Barbaresco on the map big time. As I travelled from producer to producer, I experienced that sense of excitement and energy I always feel when in the presence of important vintages and wines."
"I first visited Barbaresco in 1997. Like many observers, I often felt Barbaresco was underachieving the potential of its vineyard sites, many of which rank among the finest in the world. Fast-forward to 2018 and things are very different. Andrea Sottimano, Claudia and Silvia Cigliuti, Luca Roagna, Francesco Rocca, Danilo Nada, the Gaja siblings and so many others are bringing a much-needed dose of youthful ambition and fresh perspectives to their family estates, and that is very much coming through in the wines."
"The young 2016 Barbarescos are some of the most compelling young wines I have tasted in twenty years of visiting the region. Many of the 2016s are still in barrel, but the picture that is starting to emerge from wines I tasted in bottle and cask is of a very high-quality vintage with the potential to be truly extraordinary."
Antonio Galloni, October 2018
'I can’t say enough good things about the Sottimano family and the work they have done over the years to firmly establish themselves among Barbaresco’s top growers. This is one of the few places in Piedmont where every wine is consistently delicious. The only question is how delicious. In recent years, Andrea Sottimano has worked to give his Barbareschi extended time on the lees in a cold cellar, which also slows down the malos. This distinctly Burgundian approach stands in stark contrast to the way most French oak-aged wines are made in Piedmont, where malos typically follow right after the alcoholic fermentations.' Antonio Galloni, October 2012.