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Piedmont, Italy

Sori Tildin — 2020

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  • Introduction

    • In the local dialect, Sorì refers to the hillside facing south, while Tildin was the diminutive of Clotilde (Angelo Gaja’s grandmother).

  • Vineyard Profile

    • The Sorì Tildìn vineyard is situated in the municipality of Barbaresco, on top of a hill where, a little below, there is Costa Russi. The land, facing south, consists of clayey-calcareous marls and covers a surface of 3.38 hectares, with an average altitude of 260 m above sea level. The vines are 45 years old on average.

    • Appellation: Barbaresco D.O.P
    • First Year of Production: 1970
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2020 vintage was characterized by frequent rainfalls that can be defined as atypical for various reasons. Instead of the distribution coming in winter and spring, it was concentrated in the summer months. Despite the frequent summer thunderstorms, none of our vineyards were damaged by hail. During winter, the temperatures were mild. Particularly, January 2020 will be remembered for being the warmest in the last 50 years. The actual cold, with temperatures below freezing, arrived in mid-March and lasted a month. However, no frost damage occurred. With the sole exceptions of a heat spike in late May, one in August, and one in mid-September, the period from May to early October was characterized by alternating warm days and thunderstorms followed by cooler days. Significant temperature variations during the rest of September and October helped the color, aromas, and overall health of the grapes.

  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Fermentation and maceration for around three weeks followed by aging in oak for 24 months.
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Nebbiolo
  • Tasting Notes

    • A lively and fragrant sensation with a beautiful expression of fruit coming from this cru. The nose shows a range of beautiful sensations from violets, plums, savory, herbal notes, wild roses, black pepper, and black cherry. Balanced and fruity, with notes of orange and blackberry. The palate is creamy and complex. Sweet, full, integrated tannins, clean and expressive. The wines are characterized by precise and complex fruit expressions and clean, elegant aromas.

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Reviews

  • Sorì Tildin — 2020 – Vinous – 97 Points

    "The 2020 Barbaresco Sorì Tildin is a powerful, deep wine. Dark fruit, leather, spice, tobacco and incense saturate the palate. A Barbaresco of stature and brooding intensity, Sorì Tildin will need a number of years to be at its very best. The 2020 is an unusually somber, dark Sorì Tildin."

  • Sori Tildin — 2020 – Wine Spectator – 96 Points

    “This rich Barbaresco shows graceful power, with a fleshy texture embracing its cherry, strawberry, mint, iron, tobacco and spice aromas and flavors. The dense matrix of refined tannins is beautifully integrated, while vibrant acidity drives the persistent, savory finish.”

  • Sorì Tildin — 2020 – Jeb Dunnuck – 96 Points

    “Tasted as a barrel sample, this is expansive in its aromatics of red fruits, wild herbs, pressed roses, and wild raspberry. It has more iron richness throughout the palate, with a touch of game, red cherry, and forest floor. A more solar wine, with ripe tannins and a bit more modesty in its acidity, it is mouthwatering and will benefit from more time in bottle as well.”

  • Sorì Tildin — 2020 – James Suckling – 99 Points

    “Such wonderful clarity and perfume to this with strawberry and candied citrus, yet it’s always so subtle and vivid. Full-bodied and very powerful with lots of well integrated tannins. Makes you stand to attention and notice it..”

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