2011 Dolcetto d'Alba Luciano Sandrone

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Average critic rating : 89.0 points



In a vintage in which so many wines are big and powerful, the 2011 Dolcetto d’Alba stands out for its silky personality and utter refinement. Floral notes meld into expressive dark blue and black varietal fruit in a gracious, mid-weight Dolcetto of incomparable elegance and finesse. Firm Dolcetto tannins appear on the finish to support the fruit and add balance. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015. Wine Advocate.October, 2012

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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