- Luciano Sandrone
- 2021 - 2041
- Case size
- Available Now
ML, June 2021,
From a hot and dry vintage that saw dusty winds blowing up through the Mediterranean and spreading particles of sand from Africa, this wine shows open-knit appeal with loose texture and lots of dark fruit intensity. The Luciano Sandrone 2011 Barolo Le Vigne Sibi et Paucis pours from the bottle with rich and velvety intensity, followed by dried cherry, blackberry, spice, leather and tar. I tasted the 2009 vintage before this and am now focused on the 2011, so I wonder if perhaps the 2010 vintage is being held back even longer at the winery in their special cellar built for these precious late-release wines.
One of the most respected and admired names in Piedmont, Luciano Sandrone has been making exceptional wines for over 40 years. Beginning with a modest plot in Cannubi Boschis in 1978, his now 20-hectare estate produces some of the world’s best Barolos. Throughout its history, this hallowed estate has always remained true to the DNA of their vineyards; they practice minimal intervention and, unlike many other winemakers in the region, use smaller old French oak barrels to deliver precision and preserve the purity and aromatics of the fruit. Many consider Luciano to be a visionary and his children, Luca and Barbara, are now working alongside him to maintain their father’s philosophy. A favourite amongst top wine critics, Sandrone’s wines are not to be missed.
With Brunello in Tuscany, Barolo is undoubtedly Italy's finest wine producing region. Located in Piedmont in the north west of Iataly Barolo is comprised of 5 major communes - Barolo, Monteforte d'Alba, La Morra, Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga d'Alba - though the latter three tend to represent the main styles of the region. The wines are compelling and polished - an exemplary expression of the Nebbiolo grape. DOCG law requires a minimum ageing of 2 years in cask or barrel yet can be longer depending on the producer. Barolos are generally released four or more years after the vintage.