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Sandrone, Luciano

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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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Tasting Notes

Tightly packed but rippling with energy, this has a coiled core of raspberry, bitter plum and violet notes, augmented by black tea, savory and sweet tapenade flavors. The long finish pulls everything together, maintaining vibrancy along the way. There's…
The 2004 Barolo Le Vigne is a phenomenal effort. Sweet, long and pure, it reveals an expansive core of perfumed ripe red fruit, flowers and spices. Despite its notable concentration it is made in a restrained style, showing remarkable elegance as well as harmony, with superb length and finessed tannins on the close. Le Vigne is made from the Ceretta, Vignane, Merli and Conterni vineyards. I have tasted the wines from these plots separately on many occasions. Curiously, I have never been particularly impressed by any of the wines on their own, yet when they are blended the results can be extraordinary, as is the case with the sublime 2004 Le Vigne. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2019.

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