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No grower-producer has achieved such an impressive balance between modern and traditional approaches as the Luciano Sandrone winery has. The estate is extremely successful in producing wines that are not only soft, supple and approachable young, but wines that are capable of aging beautifully.
Located just outside the town of Castiglione Falletto, the Sandrone family began producing wine in 1978. From their 27 hectares (of which 75% are owned), they are dedicated to the production of Nebbiolo from the Barolo and Roero regions. In fact, it was their Barolo Cannubi Boschis bottling that first grabbed the attention of the media in the late 1980s. Produced in limited quantities, the 1989 and 1990 vintages received 97 and 100 points, respectively, from Robert Parker. As this was the first perfect score for a Barolo, all eyes were drawn to Sandrone. Luciano’s brother, Luca, a university trained oenologist, joined the domaine in 1992 and is now in charge of all vineyard management.
The Sandrone vision stands true today, with each of their wines reflecting not only the cultural history and traditions of the region, but also the finest modern technologies.
Barolo DOCG, Piemonte
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Luciano Sandrone's 2011 Barolo Cannubi Boschis is shaping up to be one of the protagonists of the vintage. I say "shaping up" because the wine is still in a youthful stage and has yet to open up fully. Tight and firm, it shows the potential for enormous depth and dimension with dark fruit, spice, licorice and white truffle. If you taste through Sandrone's older vintages, it is apparent that they perform exceptionally well in warm years like 2011. It promises a rewarding evolution ahead but I would suggest waiting five more years before popping the cork.