2016 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne DOCG

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About the Wine

Luciano Sandrone is one of the most iconic producers in Barolo, and he is both a well-known and extraordinary story. Sandrone’s wines straddle the modern and traditional styles of the region: elegant, attractive, and easy to appreciate in their youth, but still possesses the power and structure of traditional Barolos. Sandrone focuses on extremely low yields with an obsessive attention to detail to his viticultural standards. Luciano subjects his wines to a shorter maceration period and makes limited use of new oak. The entire range of his limited production wines are jewels of impeccably balanced concentration and precision and have an impressive ability to age for decades. These rare treasures are hard to come by, don't let this be the one that got away.

The 2016 Le Vigne is crafted from four different vineyards, each with its own contribution. This union gives way to an exceptionally complex wine that is round and harmonious on the palate. This approach of vineyard blending is a timeless tradition in Barolo. The first vineyard, Vignane, is situated in the historical part of Barolo and shares many characteristics with Cannubi, the most famous hill in Italy. The Merli vineyard is located in Novello, with the Sandrone vines in a south-southwest facing bowl that perfectly captures the afternoon sunlight. The wines made from here are earthy and robust with great aromatic complexity. The third vineyard, Baudana in Serralunga d’Alba, gives the wine added depth and richness. As of 2011, Le Vigne also includes fruit from Villero, a newly acquired vineyard in Castiglione Falletto.

Aging: 24 months in 25% New French Oak

Tasting notes: Red Wine. 100% Nebbiolo. Barolo Le Vigne is always a wine of great structure, depth, and longevity. 2016 brings this character even more to the fore. The 2016 Le Vigne is brooding, coiled, and restrained, needing several years of patience to reach its peak. The nose slowly reveals dark cherries, licorice, underbrush, and distinct floral elements of violets and roses. On the palate, the tannins are dominant, sweet ad mouth-filling, and severe, needing time to come into balance with the prodigious fruit and acidity that lurks beneath the imposing structure. The finish seems to go on forever. Give this one time.


I absolutely adore this wine on every emotional and intellectual level. I can still taste it today, weeks after my first sampling. The Luciano Sandrone 2016 Barolo Le Vigne is a stirring and profound expression that pulls on your heartstrings. I found it to be unforgettable, quite literally, inspiring one of those celebrated "wow" moments that we wine lovers so desperately seek in bottle after bottle. Le Vigne is a clever blend of fruit from Baudana in Serralunga d'Alba (offering the power), Villero in Castiglione Falletto (shaping the precision), Vignane in Barolo (adding to the purity of the aromas) and Merli in Novello (that helps to flesh out the fruit). This intersection of various vineyards spanning the appellation creates a pyramid of perfection and beauty. The wine shows large construction, but that fruit weight is balanced against the vivid cherry, spice, aniseed, and campfire ash that gently lift from the bouquet. ~100 Wine Advocate

The 2016 Barolo Le Vigne is brilliant and explosive in the glass, with tons of brightness, energy, and tension. Classically austere, the 2016 is going to take a few years to be at its best, and yet the wine is so arrestingly beautiful today. A mix of freshly cut and dried flowers, mint, and pine add an intriguing upper register. In 2016, Le Vigne is finely chiseled and sculpted from start to finish. Bright saline notes add a closing kick of freshness. ~98 Jeb Dunnuck

Fragrant, full-bodied, and boasting great finesse, this delicious Barolo hits all the right buttons. It opens with enticing aromas of woodland berry, rose, camphor, botanical herb, and exotic spice while the elegantly structured palate doles out juicy red cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice, and cinnamon. Firm, fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity keep it impeccably balanced. It's already tempting but hold for even more complexity. ~98 Wine Enthusiast

The nose is overflowing with fruit, with everything from strawberry compote to raspberry tea to chutney and boysenberry spread. There’s marvelous intensity and concentration to the palate, which is full-bodied and very long. The tannins have a grainy, grippy feel and the rose-petal undertones sing out on the finish, atop complex suggestions of forest and undergrowth. ~97 James Suckling

Pretty cherry, strawberry, and floral aromas and flavors are shaded by underbrush, iron, and tobacco notes in this chewy red. A wall of tannins puts a strong grip on the finish, but give the fruit the benefit of the doubt. ~95 Wine Spectator

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