Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore 2008
From the climatic point of view, 2008 took us back to the Seventies with very rainy spring and summer which made the management of the vineyards decidedly difficult. Only thanks to the generous months of August, September and October the grapes were able to complete the ripening process in the best manner. The vintage 2008 undoubtedly rewarded the zones best suited to the cultivation of vines, and particularly those who invested in meticulous vine cultivation operations just at the right time.
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
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore
The 2008 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore is the product of a challenging harvest. A soft, mid-weight wine, the Valmaggiore flows with the essence of dried fruit, flowers, sweet herbs and spices. This is a relatively easygoing Valmaggiore that doesn't qui... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2008 Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo Valmaggiore 750ml
A blend of four estate vineyards — Ceretta, Conterni (both Monforte d’Alba), Merli (Novello) and Vignane (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.
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... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2008 Luciano Sandrone Barolo le Vigne 1500ml
Good deep, bright red. Sexy, carnal aromas of crushed raspberry, rose petal and sexy oak lifted by a note of rose petal. Vibrant, tight and firmly built, with lively acids giving lift and definition to the flavors of crushed red fruits, flowers and... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2008 Luciano Sandrone Barolo le Vigne 750ml
A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2008 Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo Valmaggiore 750ml
Candied cherry and milk chocolate mark this round, creamy red. This is well-structured, with some astringent tannins capping the finish. Should come around soon. Drink now through 2016. 500 cases imported. -BS Wine Spectator. A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2008 Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo Valmaggiore 750ml
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. Le Vigne is made from parcels in Vignane, Ceretta, Conterni and Merli. In 2008 there is a little less Vignane as part of the vineyard was hit by hail. There is little question that the blending of fruit from several sites was a huge advantage in 2008. Anticipated maturity: 2016–2028.