Nieve, Piedmont, Italy 2017
Brachetto is most often a simple sweet, pink and bubbly; Here, however, in the rarest of examples of Brachetto as a dry red wine I find that things go up a notch into rollicking euphoria. Don’t let this particular wine and it’s eccentric character fool you, the Sottimano family is one of the most celebrated producers in Barbaresco. Their approach is a blend of classic technique, minimal intervention but with modern sensibilities. The results are seriously amazing and some of my longtime favorite Barbarescos. They capture every bit of the terroir driven nuance one could expect out of their Cru sites and showcase some of the more soulful ageworthy Nebbiolos around.