Luciano Sandrone is master at his trade. Bridging the line between modern and classic production, his wines are undeniably sublime, no matter how you look at them. From his Le Vinge Barolo to the flagship single-vineyard Cannubi Boschis, Sandrone makes wines that thrill Barolo aficionados and wine-lovers new to Nebbiolo. Today, I picked a pair of Sandrone’s Cannubi Boschis bottlings, four years apart. There’s no question that these are two of the best expressions of Nebbiolo you can find in Piemonte. Now that that the 2001 and 1997 have reached a certain maturity, they are both firing and ready to go!
Sandrone 2001 Barolo Cannubi Boschis $249.00
2001 is one of the finest vintages in Piemonte ever and now with 14 years of age, its finally ready to start strutting its stuff! Still structured and intense this wine has long legs—you can continue to lay this down for another ten years or so—but there are so many qualities to enjoy more immediately. The fruit is still secondary and very lively but the tannins have finally begun to integrate creating a killer drinking experience right now.
1997 was much hotter than the 2001 vintage in Piedmont, so this wine shows a more advanced, mature and open style of Barolo. Full-bodied, lush and ripe, this 1997 offers more tertiary notes of prunes, dark fruit, tobacco, game and earth. Tannins have subsided, but this wine has the stuffing to last for another 5-10 years.