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Average critic rating : 88.0 points
The estate's 2005 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore presents a subdued expression of its characteristic spiced, sweet red fruit. Medium in body, it displays excellent persistence if not the seductiveness of the finest vintages. Readers able to locate the 2004 should not hesitate to do so, it remains the finest Valmaggiore Sandrone has ever produced. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2012. ||Luciano Sandrone is one of the leading lights in Piedmont. No grower has managed to so brilliantly reconcile modern and traditional approaches in making wines that are soft, supple and approachable when young, but also capable of aging beautifully. I have been following Sandrone's 2003 Barolos since just after the harvest. Over the last few years they have developed remarkably, and today are among the most successful Barolos of the vintage, particularly for the softness of their tannins, something which few producers were able to achieve. Both the Cannubi Boschis and Le Vigne were perfectly fresh and intact when I re-tasted them after 48 hours had passed. "Clearly 2003 was a challenging vintage. We used less of the fruit from our warmer microclimates for Le Vigne, although obviously we didn't have that luxury with Cannubi Boschis. In a sense it is a return to the past in that multi-commune Barolos had an advantage over single-vineyard wines. We did everything we could to maintain as much freshness as possible in the wines. We fermented using lower temperatures and bottled earlier than normal." Wine Advocate.October, 2007
The estate's 2005 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore presents a subdued expression of its characteristic spiced, sweet red fruit. Medium in body, it displays excellent persistence if not the seductiveness of the finest vintages. Readers able to locate the 2004 should not hesitate to do so, it remains the finest Valmaggiore Sandrone has ever produced. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2012. Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate # 173 Oct 2007
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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