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Average critic rating : 97.0 points
The 2007 Barolo Cannubi Boschis dazzles from start to finish. It shows marvelous delineation and freshness in its voluptuous, harmonious fruit, with no hard edges and an expansive, textured personality that conquers both the palate and intellect. Here, too, the oak is very well integrated, while the wine's balance and overall sense of harmony are nothing short of stunning. This is one of the very finest vintages of Cannubi Boschis. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2032. ||Luciano Sandrone's wines have never been more elegant than they are today. The French oak is increasingly well balanced, and the at times excessive heaviness of some prior vintages is long gone. Simply put, Luciano Sandrone is at the top of his game. Never one to be satisfied, this year Sandrone showed me a number of experimental wines, including a barrel sample of 2009 Barolo Le Vigne vinified with 100% stems, an approach that is virtually unheard of in Piedmont. Although this wine will ultimately be blended into the Barolo Le Vigne, the all-stems Barolo was huge, explosive and totally compelling. Sandrone fans have much to look forward to, as the 2008s and 2009s appear quite promising at this admittedly early stage. As for the 2007s, they are off the charts. Wine Advocate.February, 2011
Azienda Agricola Luciano Sandrone is an Italian wine producer based in Piemonte. The winery is well known for the production of single vineyard Barolo: Cannubi Boschis and Le Vigne. In addition to Barolo, Sadrone also produces Nebbiolo d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba, Dolcetto d’Alba and a Langhe Rosso called Pe Mol.
The Sandrone winery was founded in 1978, with the simple mandate to make this best Nebbiolo possible. Luciano Sandrone was able to purchase a small portion of the famous Cannubi vineyard and began making the wine in the garage of his family home. In 1982, he attended VinItaly and sold almost the entire 1500 bottle production of his 1978 vintage. Soon after, the production grew with the slow and steady acquisition of more land, as well as the addition of wines made from Dolcetto and Barbera.
Upon release of the 1989 and 1990 vintages, the winery became a sensation. Both vintages of the Barolo Cannubi Boschis (made in tiny quantities) caught the attention of Robert Parker, who subsequently scored the wines 97 and 100 points respectively. At the time this was one of the few Barolos to ever obtain a perfect score from Robert Parker.
Today, the winery has a total of 27 hectares (75% owned) and produces an average of 95,000 bottles per year. All of the wines in the range are made in the same way, with painfully low yields and an emphasis on showcasing terroir. Minimal oak is used in the cellar and the resulting wines are elegant, pure and some of the most beautiful expressions of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto.
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