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25 July 2016 News

 

See below and linked here a lovely and succinct profile of Sandrone by wine writer Benjamin Lewin.

The piece captures a good deal of what makes Sandrone special: the balance it strikes between modernism and tradition; the intense dedication to quality through ultra-exacting standards; and above all, the beauty and harmony of the wines themselves.

“I believe that Luciano straddles the divide between modern and traditional in a way that no one else does. He’s constantly experimenting,” says Alan Manley, who has been at the Sandrone winery since 2008. Built in 1998, the winery has a group of quite spacious modern buildings around a courtyard, with a workmanlike interior sunk into the hillside. Although there are vines immediately around the winery, “this is not our vineyard, this is a horrible place for Nebbiolo, but many people are planting Nebbiolo in north-facing vineyards where Dolcetto used to be grown.”

 
22nd June 2015 News

The Sandrone winery has released their June 2015 newsletter! Click here for details about their ongoing library cellar expansion, September fall releases and more!

 
1 June 2015 News

Vinous Media has published its notes from a retrospective tasting of 2004 Barolo – “one of the all-time great vintages for Barolo.” As usual, Sandrone ranks among the top wines tasted, with the following great reviews:

“Luciano Sandrone’s 2004 Barolos are just as majestic today as they were from barrel and in the early days after bottling. Both Barolos are dark, intensely perfumed and remarkably youthful, all qualities Sandrone attributes to the very late harvest. Readers who own the 2004s are in for a thrill.”

Just as impressive as it was at the outset, the 2004 Barolo Cannubi Boschis remains fresh, vibrant and absolutely impeccable. Black cherries, plums, spices meld into mocha, menthol and leather as this plush, inviting Barolo shows off its alluring personality. As good as the 2004 is today, it truthfully still needs time to show all of its cards. The towering, statuesque finish is a thing of beauty. I hope to do a vertical someday with the 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010 just to see how the vintages stack up. There is little doubt the 2004 is one of the best vintages of the Cannubi Boschis in recent memory. — Antonio Galloni

The 2004 Barolo Le Vigne is one of the darkest, most intense Le Vignes I can remember tasting. In this vintage, the fruit is especially somber, the legacy of the late harvest season. Black cherries, plums, cinnamon, flowers, mint and leather meld together in a sumptuous, exceptionally polished Le Vigne that will continue to drink well for many years. Le Vigne is often slow to get out of the gate, which appears to be the case with the 2004 as well. — Antonio Galloni

Click here to link to the full article (subscription only).

 
10 April 2015 News


Vinous Media has released videos on each of the 10 producers who presented their wines at the Festa Di Barolo in New York, which took place back in February. Click here to watch Luciano’s presentation on Le Vigne Barolo 2010! (subscription only)

 
2nd April 2015 News

Sandrone’s 2010 Cannubi Boschis came in first in Decanter Magazine’s tasting panel round-up of Barolos from recent vintages, with a score of 19.5 out of 20. The review reads:

“Flashes of exotic fruit aromas with notes of coffee and spice. Full and round on the palate with a hint of velvet already. A beautiful flower still tightly in bud.”

Click here to view the slideshow!

 

 

 
20 March 2015 News

The Sandrone winery has just released its March newsletter – click here for a copy! Lots of interesting happenings, including:

– an overview of the malolactic fermentation of 2014

– a recent visit by the winery’s staff to Champagne

– the expansion of their Sibi et Paucis cellar

– the addition of another hectare of the Baudana vineyard, which will allow for a 10% increase in the production of Le Vigne

– revisiting the 1991 Cannubi Boschis (generally considered a disaster year)

– Sandrone wines as Investment

– a preview of the new releases, arriving this September

 

 

 

 
27 February 2015 News

A recent Decanter article goes into detail on how more and more buyers are looking to Italy for investment wines, and included Sandrone’s Barolo Le Vigne in one of its benchmarks.  As Bordeaux flounders, SuperTuscans and Barolos are filling the French wine’s shoes.  Merchants are altering their portfolios, auction houses are making more space for Italian wines, and investment funds are adding the wines to their holdings.  SuperTuscans have tripled in price in the last ten years.  With the appreciation of Italian wines growing, buyers are exploring Piedmont as an alternative.  The author includes the Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne in the benchmark for Piedmont wines, which has appreciated by an average of 43% over the last decade.

The complete article can be found here.

 
16 January 2015 News

Cannubi Boschis 2010 from Sandrone is a part of Michael Garner’s vintage guide to Barolos produced from 2000 to 2010.  The full piece in Decanter delves into the “golden age” of Barolo and the various production techniques, cellar practices, and fermentation methodologies that are a part of the Barolo boom.

The complete review of the Cannubi Boschis 2010 reads: “Flashes of exotic fruit aromas with notes of coffee and spice.  Full and round on the palate with a hint of velvet already.  A beautiful flower still tightly in bud.  Drink 2020-2040.  19.5/20pts (98pts)

 

 
25 November 2014 News

Sandrone’s Dolcetto d’Alba 2012  is featured in a round-up of the Top 25 Dolcettos tasted for the December issue of Decanter Magazine.   The review takes note of the “silky, balanced red cherry and plum aromas in the big, rich style typical of Sandrone,” awarding it a score of 89 points.

 
21 November 2014 News

The December issue of Wine Spectator awarded the Sandrone Cannubi Boschis 2010 an excellent review of 95 points.  The Cannubi Boschis label is Sandrone’s flagship wine, giving the taster a concentrated yet balanced experience that has earned international acclaim.

LUCIANO SANDRONE Barolo Cannubi Boschis 2010 Score: 95 | $165

“Initially reduced and showing more woodsy, balsamic notes than fruit, this offers firm, ripe tannins and a complex structure that supports the eucalyptus, sage, juniper and tobacco flavors.  The cherry character is submerged for now, though this fans out on the lingering, refined finished.  Best from 2018 through 2033.  850 cases made.-B.S.