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29 November 2012 News

The December 2012 issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine had Sandrone’s 2008 Barolo Le Vigne as their highest scoring “Year’s Best” Barolo with 94 points, beating out every other Barolo reviewed for the report! They also had  the 2008 Barolo Cannubi Boschis on the list with 92 points. Comments are below.

2008 Le Vigne“A blend of four estate vineyards – Ceretta, Conterni (both Monforte d’Alba), Merli (Novello) and Vignange (Barolo) – this is an astonishing 2008. It has the kind of tannic precision and detail that parallels the cool earth on a freshly dug truffle. The wine is youthfully compressed all the way through, a bright, savory sphere of flavor that forms a complex Barolo. All it requires is age.”  94 Points 

2008 Cannubi Boschis “Boschis is the northern corner of the Cannubi hill, a vineyard facing south and southeast toward the morning sun. It produced a precise 2008, a reticent wine with fresh, brisk tannins and vibrant, cherry-red fruit. Grown in marine sediments of clay and limestone, this grows increasingly distinctive as it takes on air. The style is clean enough to enjoy it as a young wine, but the potential won’t be reached for ten years or more.”  92 Points 

 
12 November 2012 News

Wine & Spirits Magazine Wineries of the Year issue features 100 producers that stand out for their superlative performances in their particular regions. Of the 100, Bruno Paillard and Sandrone have featured profiles for Champagne and Piedmont. For wineries to make the cut they must have earned at least three exceptional recommendations as well as the highest average scores in their regions overall. Click the image below to view Bruno Paillard and Sandrone’s profile and top scoring wines.

 
1 October 2012 News

Sandrone posted some great photos of their team crushing the second tank of Barbera d’Alba on the Sandrone Facebook page. The fruit is from the Rocche di San Niccola vineyard in Novello, one of Sandrone’s steepest and best-exposed Barbera sites. Of the 6 or 7 tanks Luciano makes for this bottling, he decided to make one with the stems this year – the grapes and stems are really healthy and mature and should add a bit of extra complexity to the final wine. After doing a selection and cleaning in the vineyard, these crates are tipped through a tank-mounted crusher. Check out the photos below!

 
27 July 2012 News

Sandrone has earned Winery of the Year honors from Wine & Spirits magazine for 2012! Each year the magazine’s panels and critics blind taste more than 10,000 wines to present the most gripping wines to their readers. Throughout all the wines tasted, Wine & Spirits magazine recognizes the most consistent performance and highest scores as their Top 100 Wineries of the Year.  “Sandrone’s range of exceptional wines makes it a great ambassador for Piedmont,” says Wine & Spirits Editor-in-Chief Joshua Greene.  The magazine will be featuring Sandrone as a Winery of the Year in their 2012 Annual Buying Guide set to be released later this year.

 

 
11 July 2012 News

It was a slow process but the Sandrone family is now the proud owner of an incredible addition to their estate vineyards, a few acres of land in the Baudana cru! In Sandrone’s recent newsletter they featured an article detailing the vineyard planting process.

The Baudana cru is among the most spectacular pieces of property never planted to vine in the commune of Serralunga. Sandrone  divided the property into two pieces: the “Upper” section that is gently sloping to the west-southwest that is planted to mature and well-tended plants of about 30 years of age, and a “Lower” section that had a few rows of vines and many fruit trees.

What came as a bit of a surprise was the Lower Baudana.  It has never been planted over to grape cultivation even though it is in the heart of the cru facing directly south. This section is considered prime Nebbiolo land.  The Sandrone family replanted the whole lower section in the spring with vines whose fruit will eventually be destined for their Barolo Le Vigne bottling. Luciano believed this to be an important addition to the component vineyards as it will add even more structure and depth to the already-complex and long-lived Le Vigne.

After removing the existing trees, the Sandrones leveled the area, installed drainage improvements, tilled and worked the soil, added composted cow manure and laid out the placement for the eventual rows and plants. It was a 2-week process and the new plants have already sprouted and started growing. The fruit from the first 5-7 years of this vineyard will be sold in bulk until the qualitative level is sufficient for inclusion in the Barolo. They have a special planting guide that hooks over the end of each intermediate support pole and shows the exact height and placement of the new vine. Given the steep slope of the site, this means they have about 4000 plants per acre, slightly more than on gentler slopes. At the end of the process Sandrone will have a beautiful new vineyard and Luca and Luciano are very happy with the results.

Luciano in Baudana

Luciano and Luca setting post anchors

Luciano overseeing the planting

 

 

 

 

 
23 May 2012 News

Charlene Peters, Boston City Guide Examiner editor and writer, attended the VINTUS Producer Tour in Cambridge several weeks ago.  Peters discusses her experience at the event, explaining that it solidified her love for certain wines and allowed her to discover a number of new wines as well.  The winemaker’s that took her by surprise and made an impressive showing were Finca Decero, Chateau Montelena, Xavier Milhade, Sandrone, Enrico Santini, and Telmo Rodriguez.

Click the image below to read the full article.

 
18 May 2012 News

Barolo superstar Luciano Sandrone will be in New York City in two weeks! He will present the full line-up of the Sandrone wines, including a mini-vertical of Le Vigne Barolo, at a dinner at New York Vintners in Tribeca on June 7. Click here to get tickets!

 

 

 

 
6 April 2012 News

In recent news on the Wine Advocate website, Antonio Galloni will be pouring verticals of four Barolo producers in a special seminar at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colorado.  The seminar will include four vintages of Barolo Le Vigne from Sandrone.  The Aspen Food & Wine Classic is a very prestigious event that will showcase Cannubi to a very high-end group of collectors.  To see the full schedule click the icon below.

 

 

 

 

 
15 March 2012 News

It’s an exciting day every year when the Sandrone family bottles Cannubi Boschis.  Below is a great photo of Luciano Sandrone this past Monday, as they bottled the 2009 vintage Cannubi.

 

 
4 January 2012 News

Great shot of Luciano Sandrone on the Sandrone Facebook page!