Sunday, March 20, 2011

Luciano Sandrone Barolos

Roses, tar, strong tannins - Barolos are not everybody's cup of tea. But when they are good, they are sensational - very complex, elegant, long, excellent with food.

Yesterday I tried the two Sandrone Barolos. The 2006 Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne is a blend from four vineyards located near the village of Barolo and Monforte. The nose is very perfumed and aromatic, the flavours very complex with pretty raspberry, cherry and plum fruit. The wine is very elegant and the tannins quite noticeable, but supporting the palate to a silky and lengthy finish. This wine is already quite approachable, but will develop attractive secondary characteristics with time.

Score: 96/+++

The 2006 Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis is a single vineyard wine from a vineyard planted since the 11th century. It is a famous vineyard, sometimes compared to Romanee-Conti in Burgundy. The fruit of this wine appears less complex than in the other wine, but very pure and pristine. This wine is more closed at this stage and more acidic and tannic, leaving a dry aftertaste. This wine needs time, but I am not sure it will ever be as pleasing to drink as the Le Vigne.


Both wines are very well made. They marry Pinot Noir flavours with the structure of Cabernet. It is good to see these wines back in Australia, but expect to pay $200+ per bottle.

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