Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2007
The Azienda Luciano Sandrone is dedicated to producing Nebbiolo of the Barolo and Roero zones to the highest qualitative levels possible. Every bottle of Sandrone wine is made with the same careful attention to artisanal tradition, supported by modern techniques and hand labor. The Sandrone vision is to produce wines that reflect the cultural history and winemaking traditions of the Barolo and Roero, while incorporating the finest and most appropriate modern technology to make balanced, ageworthy wines of purity, elegance and harmony.
Barolo Le Vigne is often a dark and impenetrable wine in its youth, where the tannins and structure from the higher-altitude vineyard sites make the wine less approachable. With proper cellaring, this wine reveals more classic Barolo aspects of black cherries, tar, violets and roses. This wine can outlive the Cannubi Boschis bottling in great years: Le Vigne shows more tannins than its brother and possesses amazing freshness and length.
This is Sandrone’s “traditional Barolo” in so far as it is a blend of several small parcels of vines. It is the product of four winegrowing areas; all very different in terms of altitude, soil and exposure. Luciano conducts these elements together with a concerto-like synergy to produce a wonderfully intense yet refined Barolo. As the note below indicates, the 2007 Le Vigne certainly punched Antonio Galloni’s card. We can see why. This is surely amongst the finest and most complex Barolo wines that Sandrone has ever produced. It’s hauntingly fragrant and eloquently fruited with a remarkable tapestry of flavour and filigreed structure. The wine spends 24 months in French oak tonneaux of 500l (approx 20% new), followed by 18 months in bottle. Bottled without filtration.
The 2007 Barolo Le Vigne presents a beguiling combination of explosive, ripe fruit and finessed silky tannins that make it a thrilling wine to taste, even at this stage in its development. Small red berries, minerals, crushed flowers, vanillin and sweet spices are woven together in a fabric of undescribable elegance. The French oak has never been better balanced, while the vibrant, crystalline finish leaves a lasting impression. The 2007 Le Vigne has all the potential to develop into a spectacular wine…….actually, it already is. This is a totally stunning bottle of Barolo. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2027. 96 points, Antonio Galloni, erobertparker.com, issue 193 Feb 2011
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