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Tasting Notes


Loads of blackberry, cherry and dark licorice character. Full-bodied and velvety, with chewy tannins and a long finish. Pretty. Loads of depth and style. Gorgeous. Sandrone makes the best Cannubi. Almost as great as the 2000. Best after 2008.


The 2001 Barolo Cannubi Boschis is in a beautiful place right now. The aromas are starting to show the early signs of maturity, but there is plenty of fruit and depth in the glass. Sweet, layered and impeccable, the 2001 turns silky and delicate as its sits in the glass. Today my sense is that the 2001 won’t be one of the more long-lived vintages. Hints of licorice, dried flowers and new leather are woven into the rich, textured, fabric. This is a great showing for the Cannubi Boschis. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021.

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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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