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.
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.
Tasting notes: Red Wine. 100% Dolcetto. The color is alive and dense: ruby accompanied by elegant violet reflections. The fragrance is varied, firstly of fruit: pleasant hints of maraschino cherry, plum, and small red fruits. This is followed by spicy notes of cinnamon, which are accentuated and harmonized as the wine evolves in the glass. The flavor is dry, intense, vigorous, and moderately warm, and concludes with a pleasant final hint of almonds.
I published a review for this wine last year tasted from barrel and am offering a repeat review here. The Luciano Sandrone 2018 Dolcetto d'Alba has fleshed out over the past 12 months. It offers a generous disposition with blackberry, plum, and dried cherry. This vintage has produced tight and streamlined results overall, but the fruit wraps over the palate in rich, pleasurable layers. The blend of fruit used here comes from Monforte d'Alba (Pe Mol and Castelletto), Novello (Ravera and Rocche di San Nicola), and Barolo (Rivassi). ~90 Wine Advocate
A clean, bright red with cherry and lemon character. Medium body. Delicious finish. ~90 James Suckling
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