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Tasting Notes


The 1996, one of the estate’s best, takes things to another level. It shows an outrageous, well-delineated nose of fresh roses, minerals and menthol followed waves of dark fruit and licorice flavors that are just beginning to show the signs of early maturity, with exceptional freshness, length, and harmony. This opens beautifully in the glass, taking on an almost Burgundian elegance. A wine to marvel over. It is hard to resist this now, but it will be even better in another 3-5 years, and age gracefully for another decade, and probably more. Rating: 96+


Wonderful aromas of freshly cut roses, with blackberry, strawberry and cream. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins, good acidity and a fresh, fruity finish. Excellent now, but will improve with age.

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The Winery

Luciano Sandrone

“We love intense, yet fragrant and harmonic wines, which can converse on equal terms with those who love them, not from a position of dominance. We love wines that are resistant to time and that each time they have the courage to tell the colors, scents, and flavors that won’t repeat themselves because they are unique. We love wines that are the sum of many integral elements, all of which are useful and no one is dominant. We love unique and distinctive wines, which at some point end and only the memory of their emotions can satisfy our need to find them again.” –Luciano Sandrone, Proprietor

Particularly known for their red wines made from the Nebbiolo grape, Luciano Sandrone is a wine producer who is adamant about keeping it all in the family. The estate was founded in 1978 after Luciano bought a parcel of the Cannubi winery, and wines were initially made in his family garage. The Azienda Agricola's flagship wine is the opulent and complex Cannubi Boschis Barolo and was catapulted into the international wine spotlight when its 1989 and 1990 vintages gained 97 and 100 points, respectively, from Wine Critic Robert Parker. There is a total of 67 acres of vines on the estate, and 75% of them are owned by the Sandrone family. It is a common motto of the family to work from the heart and continue to create wines precise with accuracy and authenticity.

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