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Expert Picks: Luciano Sandrone and…Luciano Sandrone!

Posted on | June 25, 2015 | Written by Francesco Vigorito | No Comments

Francesco 2014Luciano Sandrone is master at his trade. Bridging the line between modern and traditional winemaking, 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, five 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 1998 and 2003 have reached maturity, they are both firing and ready to go. I selected magnum formats because these Barolos deserve bottles as big, expansive and extraordinary as they are!

Sandrone 1998 Barolo Cannubi Boschis (1.5L) $425.00

1998 was a very fine vintage in Piemonte ever and now with more than15 years of age, this wine is finally ready to start strutting its stuff! Structured and intense, this wine has long legs—you can continue to lay this down for another ten years or so—but it has so many qualities that you can enjoy immediately. The fruit is still secondary and very lively, but the tannins have finally begun to integrate, creating a killer drinking experience right now. And it tastes even better from magnum!

Sandrone 2003 Barolo Le Vigne (1.5L) $295.00

2003 was much hotter than the 1998 vintage in Piedmont, so this wine shows a more advanced, mature and open style of Barolo. Full-bodied, lush and ripe, this 2003 offers tertiary notes of prunes, dark fruit, tobacco, game and earth. Tannins have subsided, but this wine has the stuffing to last for another five years.

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