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2014 Sottimano Curra (750ml)

Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy


Whoa, this is a wine with great potential, but the 2014 Barbaresco Currá needs at least another two years to just chill out. It's way too tightly wound at the moment. This vineyard is right next door to Cottà, but the Currà (the accents here reflect the real spelling of these MGA crus) is a whole different animal altogether. The soil that lies underground accounts for the difference. This Barbaresco is closed and hard if released too early, and this vintage definitely needs more time to show that elegance, which is bound to be remarkable when it does. The fabric of the mouthfeel is different, to say the least, but there is much more complexity as well. Some 3,000 bottles were made.

95 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Issue # 243 - Jun 2019)

This comes from a plot of vines up to 70 years old in Neive’s Currà cru. It produces a formidably tannic wine, which the Sottimanos hold in bottle a year longer than their other Barbarescos. Yet the tannins in the 2014 remain forceful, underlining the wine’s dark-cherry flavors like cool, polished metal. Woodsy tones emerge as the wine is exposed to air, the wine taking on a meaty aspect as it gains notes of cedar, spice and tobacco. Although it’s already complex and layered, this wine will benefit from another five years of cellaring.

95 points, Wine & Spirits (Dec 2019)

Bright aromatics and veins of incisive tannin give the 2014 Barbaresco Currà its energy and drive. Like all of these 2014s, the Currà has a bit more volume and textural depth than is typically the case, along with sweeter, riper tannins. To be released in 2018.

94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Oct 2017)

A firm and linear red with cherry, cedar and light hazelnut aromas and flavors. Medium to full body. Compacted and refined tannins. Excellent for 2014. Give it a year or two. Try after 2021.

94 points, James Suckling (Nov 2019)

Dense and tightly wound, with a kernel of ripe cherry and plum fruit locked within the beefy tannins. It's difficult to see where this is going today, but all the components are in the right proportions. Wild herb and earth accents add detail. Best from 2024 through 2043. 200 cases made, 80 cases imported.

93 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Feb 2020)

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