Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore 2004
As is to be expected the 2004 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore is noticeably fresherand more vibrant in its aromas as well as flavors. It is a beautifullydelineated effort, bursting with sweet fruit, tar mineral, spices and well-integrated oak, displaying outstanding depth and fine overall balance. Thislovely Nebbiolo shows just how compelling the wines from Roero can be, and mayvery well be Sandrone's finest effort from these vines in Vezza d'Alba.Highly recommended. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2016 (A. Galloni -Wine Advocate -Apr 07)
Editorial Reviews for Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore
Tight wild berry fruit on the nose shows off a bit of earthiness with fine dried herb notes and soft toasty oak adding detail. Fresh, angular tannins pop on entry followed by lovely tiny cherry fruit, roses, pomegranate, and a little purple fruit on the palate. This shows silky integration with aromatic fruit on the moderately long finish. This is tense and precise with good aromatic freshness, 92pts
cola, lots of subtle wood tones, shallow, something vaguely Nebbiolo like, matte, flat, nice tannin texture, rich but amorphous, extracted flavors, decent texture, soft, extracted finish, no detail.
AWE blind tasting - sweet oaked nose, coffee candy and smoke, some ham, lingonberry and mint, sweet oakiness right up front yields to a dilute mid-palate with nice flavors but really low key, but why? 83-84
Four and a half glasses
Four and a half glasses
Nice components. Concentrated red fruit, meat. But tannins are stiff and acid a little harsh. I would hold on this.
Great showing. Big structure wine with 10-15 years more of like. High acid and lots of red fruit. compares with wines at 2x the price. Over time acid developed out of proportion to the rest of the wine. Even the next day the wine held together well
Initially closed and tannic.. . dissappoint. Improved a little over the first day. But opend after ~12 hours with rose pedals, licorice, and minerals. Would decant for >5 hours before drinking.
This wine has a knock out nose that can't fail to please, we're talking about a beautiful nose with cherries as the standout nose profile with strawberries and hints of tar in the background. Powerful, thick and dense for a Barolo the wine has good amounts of fruit and a fresh and satisfying finish that will have you smacking your lips. I really enjoyed the wine though it lacked the finesse I was expecting.
External Reviews for Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore
Luciano Sandrone blends Le Vigne from crus he farms and, mostly, owns. In this vintage, he selected fruit from Baudana, Merli and Vignane, aging the wine in 500-liter French tonneaux, 20 to 25 percent new. His Barolo can be massive, and Le Vigne is boldly ripe and black-fruited in 2010, but also poised and balanced in its size. The tannins are intense, coating the mouth with their powerful earthiness, with the rootiness of a parsnip pulled straight from the ground. The fruit closes in over the tannins, so they don’t feel at all gruff. The lasting impression is elegant and classical, what the wine will become in ten years.
Good deep red. Perfumed aromas of raspberry licorice dried flowers and herbs. Silky on entry then rich but tight in the middle with a distinctly darker fruit character than the Cannubi Boschis. Very complex energetic wine with fresh acidity serious tannins and a sappy saline quality on the very long finish. A beauty in the making. Sandrone told me that there was a time when he wanted to add 10% Cannubi to the Le Vigne blend. 94+ Stephen Tanzers IWC.
A rich version, boasting floral, macerated cherry, plum, menthol and tobacco flavors. The tannins are dense, but this remains vibrant and elegant overall, finishing with spice and earth notes. Exhibits excellent harmony and length. Best from 2018 through 2035.
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 ... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2010 Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo Valmaggiore 750ml
Sandrone s 2010 Barolo Le Vigne is one of the wines of the vintage hands down. Rich layered and utterly impeccable the Le Vigne boasts stunning depth and richness. This is the second year in which Le Vigne includes fruit from Baudana which gives the wine a sense of volume and pure breadth it has never had before. Dried rose petal tar mint wild flowers and cinnamon flow through to the multi-dimensional finish. The 2010 is a blend of fruit from Vignane and Merli two historic sites for Le Vigne while Cerretta and Conterni have been replaced by Baudana a site in Serralunga that confers a level of depth darkness and masculinity that has not been present in the past. Villero is the next vineyard that will appear in Le Vigne starting in 2011. In the meantime readers will not want to miss the 2010 Barolo Le Vigne an epic achievement from the Sandrone family. Antonio Galloni.
The 2010 Barolo Le Vigne is composed from an assembly of fruit sourced from the townships of Barolo, Novello and Serralunga d’Alba. It reflects Barolo tradition in which, years ago, this noble wine was made from a wide assembly of fruit instead of single cru sites (as is the custom today). Bright cherry fruit, blackberry and creme de cassis segue to profound layers of licorice, spice, cola and anisette. It feels strong and tonic in the mouth with a pleasingly velveteen texture and a fresh dose of zesty acidity. Drink: 2017–2030.
A gorgeous young wine with flowers sandalwood and berries on the nose. Full body with ultra-fine tannins and a long long finish. Wonderfully harmonious. A blend of wines from different vineyards. So attractive to drink now but better in 2017. James Suckling.