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Luciano Sandrone Valmaggiore Nebbiolo dAlba 2016

Luciano Sandrone Valmaggiore Nebbiolo dAlba 2016

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Tasting Notes

A precipitous 50% gradient in places, Valmaggiore is planted to a very high 8,000 vines per hectare and the soil here is comprised almost entirely of pure sand littered with fossilised crustaceans (i.e., it is a chalky sand). This soil gifts a remarkably perfumed and elegant expression of Nebbiolo, nothing to do with the more powerful style of wine produced in the clay rich soils of Barolo and Barbaresco. The vineyard is farmed meticulously and organically and a strict sorting occurs each year to reach the level of purity and intensity we see in the wine today. After primary fermentation in tank, the malo and maturation for 12 months occur in is aged French demi-muid (500 litre). - Importer Note

Sandrone is the Barolo producer whose wines most remind us of Burgundy. The suave, seamless texture, fine tannins and depth of flavour of these Barolos makes them some of the most sought-after wines of the region. With age, they are so polished, so pure, so seductive. Sandrone uses 500lt barrels (typically only 10% - 20% new), picks at very low yields and bottles his wines before they lose their freshness or purity. His wines are wonderfully intense and vibrant with ripe, fine tannins. They drink well young and age brilliantly. Like most of the greatest producers he takes the best of the old school and incorporates the best of the new. The wines are bright and beautifully sophisticated which we suppose is up to date, but many of the methods are essentially old school: organic viticulture (is that modern or traditional?), open-top fermentation tanks, elongated skin contact, natural yeast fermentation, no barriques and no additions, bottling without filtration, and so on. Of course what is most important is that irrespective of fashion or style, Luciano Sandrone crafts wines of profound integrity, purity and deep expression. These are wines made with passion and honesty. They provide great drinking pleasure both when young and with bottle age. As a fastidious and naturally talented vigneron, Sandrone's obligation to keep the unique signature of the terroirs alive is vividly captured in the wonderfully intense wines

- Importer Note

Product Type Wine Red Nebbiolo
Volume 750ml
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Sub Region Alba
Winemaking Practices Minimal Intervention
Vineyard Practices Minimal Intervention