Red berry, violet, forest floor, vanilla and balsamic aromas of menthol and camphor slowly appear on this stunning, radiant red along with whiffs of charcuterie. The vibrant, focused palate is young and taut but already impeccably balanced, evoking juicy red cherry, pomegranate, star anise and cool mint framed in firm acidity and tightly knit but fine-grained tannins and vibrant acidity. It's already fantastic but will hold for even more complexity. Best 2026–2036.
97 points, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Sep 2019)
This wine leads an impressive set of Barbaresco releases from Sottimano. It comes from a well-exposed, southwest-facing plot in Cottà, a cru in Neive that borders the Barbaresco township, where Andrea Sottimano and his father, Rino, farm vines that are 40 to 60 years old. Fermented with ambient yeasts and aged in barriques (15 percent new), the 2016 shows Neive’s power in its ample tannins and taut acidity. That structure frames its vibrant flavors, the notes of sour cherry and plum laced with lavender, mint and dark spices. It’s tight and precise, with a long, energetic finish.
96 points, Wine & Spirits (Dec 2019)
The 2016 Barbaresco Cottà brings together the natural breadth of this site with the more refined style that has been in place here for some years, in an absolutely stunning, translucent wine that hits all the right notes. Sweet black cherry, lavender, spice and menthol all run through this richly, textured, deeply satisfying Barbaresco. The 2016 has so much energy and also so much depth. I absolutely loved it.
95+ points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Aug 2019)