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"Sandrone's 2010 Barolo Le Vigne is one of the wines of the vintage, hands down. Rich, layered and utterly impeccable...Read more...
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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 tann... Read more
cola, lots of subtle wood tones, shallow, something vaguely Nebbiolo like, matte, flat, nice tannin texture, rich but amorphous, extracted flavors,... Read more
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-... Read more
Food Pairings for Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore
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
Nice components. Concentrated red fruit, meat. But tannins are stiff and acid a little harsh. I would hold on this.
[WT] Decanted for an 1 hour. Big fruit and acid. Plum, berries, and wood. Developed signficant VA over the night into the next morning. Nice QPR.
[Gotham. Lamb] Cranberry colored; berries on the nose; medium-bodied, huge tannins at the start which softened over time. After about an hour, opened up with licorice and cedar; later some light berries appears. A very nice wine.
[Gotham. Tuna] Even better than the first time. licorice, smoke, and spice on the nose; after an hour the big black friut came out. Great now or will improve c 3-5 yrs.
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.
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
External Reviews for Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore
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
Coffee, licorice, tar and spice flavors mingle in this rich, firmly structured red. A bit reticent, with a sweet core and dense, dusty tannins on the finish. Best from 2017 through 2030.
The 2009 Barolo Le Vigne shows class and pedigree with bright fruit tones carefully wrapped within the wine’s elegant texture. The purity and the intensity of the wine are exceptional, especially when compared to other Barolos from this vintage. The bouquet is polished and long, with pristine accents of spice, licorice and anise seed. Made with fruit sourced from various parcels, this wine speaks with a strong and confident tone. Anticipated maturity: 2015–2028.
A rich, muscular structure cradles the cherry and strawberry fruit in this intense red. Tar and spice flavors add complexity as this turns tannic and impenetrable on the finish, with an undercurrent of racy acidity. Best from 2017 through 2038.
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.
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.
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 leather. Not yet delivering the texture promised by the nose but this very long, solidly tannins Barolo is an infant today.
"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...100" AG 01/14 "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. ..96" WA 07/14
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