- Sandrone Barbera d'Alba 2010 Product #27563 (In Stock)
The 2010 harvest was fantastic for Barbera, and that blend of fine ripeness and zippy acidity shines through in spades here. Luciano Sandrone blends fruit from 3 vineyards for this wine and then ages it for 12 months in 500 liter French oak barrels (about half new). The wood allows Barbera’s tangy acids to relax and adds a little tannin, but the concentrated fruit has no trouble sopping up any oak flavors. A great wine for big, boldly flavored, foods.
“Sandrone’s 2010 Barbera d’Alba is remarkably juicy and exuberant. There is plenty of rich, fleshy fruit in the glass, but at the same time, I expected to find more minerality and energy in this vintage. On the plus side, the French oak, which can sometimes be dominant, is better integrated than it has been at times. Overall, the 2010 is an excellent choice for drinking over the near and medium term.”Wine Enthusiast 89 points
“A lush, modern style, delivering plenty of power on a supple texture. Possesses definition and balance, intensity and length--just about all you could ask for in a Barbera. Drink now through 2015. 500 cases imported.”Wine Spectator 92 points
- Sandrone Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore 2010 Product #27564 (In Stock)
Probably the most famous Nebbiolo vineyard outside of Barolo/Barbaresco, Valmaggiore sits about 15 miles south of Barolo in the region known as Roero. It’s a few degrees warmer here than in Barolo, and the best sites give a more elegant, Pinot-like, Nebbiolo. It’s a crazy steep vineyard covered in slippery broken fossils and decomposed sea bed that has to be worked entirely by hand. Luciano Sandrone took more than 8 years to assemble his slice of this vineyard from 40 different owners.
Like Bruno Giacosa (the other famous name in Valmaggiore), Sandrone’s example shows plenty of the power and structure you’d expect from a top Barolo but with a slightly more silky, elegant, frame and with a bit more of a floral component. This is going to need a little time but will become a beauty!
“The 2010 Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore is surprisingly shut down today. The Valmaggiore is often open and accessible when young, but that is far from the case with the 2010. Firm yet well-integrated tannins frame red cherries, sweet herbs, menthol and spices in this surprisingly large-scaled, broad Valmaggiore. Layers of fruit continue to build to the vibrant, layered finish. Readers will have to be patient here. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.”Wine Advocate 92 points
- Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2008 Product #26382 (In Stock)
"Sandrone’s 2008 Barolo Le Vigne is a wine of breathtaking textural finesse and elegance. Nothing really stands out, so phenomenal is the wine’s balance and sense of harmony. This is the kind of wine that is easy to overlook because it doesn’t ask for attention and isn’t showy. Instead, everything is simply in the right place. The finest, most silky of tannins support a core of sweet red berries, flowers, mint and spices, all of which are woven together with total refinement. The eternal, nuanced finish bodes very well for the future. This is a dazzling effort from Luciano and Luca Sandrone."Wine Advocate 97 points