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2015 Sandrone Barolo Debut Duo, Plus Three More Sandrone Debuts!
October 7, 2019
A Note from Sergio

Superior quality, highly limited production and extreme demand create the perfect storm of value. And in the world of Italian wine, few producers meet the criteria of this perfect storm like Piemonte's Luciano Sandrone. Italy has more than its fair share of boutique producers, but within that elite class, Sandrone takes an unusual spot. Sandrone makes Barolo, the most iconic wine of Italy, but he makes it with a contemporary flair. While most Barolos feel strange and forbidding to the palates of modern wine drinkers, Sandrone's have a phenomenally accessible, easily knowable style.

More than being merely understandable, a Sandrone Barolo is often more immediately drinkable than those from very traditional producers. Barolo has a reputation for being an intellectual, austere and demanding wine that requires serious, committed patience because of its extended cellaring needs. If a traditional Barolo needs twenty to forty years of aging, a Sandrone Barolo needs a lot less. Sandrone makes Barolo that's meant to be drinkable earlier, and when the Sandrone wine comes from a warm vintage, you can drink it pretty much as soon as it hits your table (but it's better if you wait!).

Today, I'm extremely proud to debut a pair of 2015 Sandrone Barolo, the estate's almost poetic Barolo Le Vigne and its sappy, gamey, superb Barolo Aleste. Piemonte's 2015 growing year was super hot until it wasn't, and cooled off just before harvest, and today's Sandrone Barolo duo gives you a perfect set of opposites--the Le Vigne is tightly wound, restrained, and aromatic, while the Aleste is powerful, thrumming with fruit and savory game. You'll have to wait a little while to enjoy these Sandrone wines, but don't worry! Today's eLetter also debuts the estate's classic 2018 Dolcetto d'Alba, its outstanding 2017 Barbera d'Alba, and its beautiful 2017 Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d'Alba!

Finally, don't miss Clos Bellane's 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Urgonien--it's outrageous!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Five Outstanding New Releases from Luciano Sandrone!
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Clos Bellane's Beautiful Big Red, 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Urgonien
3. Wine Events: Upcoming October Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2015 750ml
Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2015 750ml
Price: $159.00

A lovely, lilting embodiment of its banner vintage, Sandrone’s ’15 Barolo Le Vigne leaps from the glass with a graceful mélange of sweet red and blue fruits, rose petals, black pepper, licorice, blood orange zest, and fresh-pressed herbs. Despite its welcoming aromatics, this wine is still tightly wound, uncoiling with air to reveal substantial, broad tannins and an elegant acidic spine. An extended, mineral-laden finish glides for minutes. While you’ll want to dive right in to this Le Vigne, a few years of rest in the cellar will do it a lot of good. Sandrone crafts its Le Vigne as a traditional cuvee Barolo, choosing grapes from the vineyards of Ceretta (Monforte), Vignane (Barolo), Merli (Novello), Conterni (Barolo), and Villero (Castiglione Falletto). The grapes ferment separately in steel tanks for just longer than two weeks, and the wine ages in 500-liter oak casks, one-quarter new, for two years before blending and bottling. Sandrone crafts fewer than 2,000 cases of this spellbinding Barolo a year. more info
Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2015 1.5L
Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2015 1.5L
Price: $319.00

A lovely, lilting embodiment of its banner vintage, Sandrone’s ’15 Barolo Le Vigne leaps from the glass with a graceful mélange of sweet red and blue fruits, rose petals, black pepper, licorice, blood orange zest, and fresh-pressed herbs. Despite its welcoming aromatics, this wine is still tightly wound, uncoiling with air to reveal substantial, broad tannins and an elegant acidic spine. An extended, mineral-laden finish glides for minutes. While you’ll want to dive right in to this Le Vigne, a few years of rest in the cellar will do it a lot of good. Sandrone crafts its Le Vigne as a traditional cuvee Barolo, choosing grapes from the vineyards of Ceretta (Monforte), Vignane (Barolo), Merli (Novello), Conterni (Barolo), and Villero (Castiglione Falletto). The grapes ferment separately in steel tanks for just longer than two weeks, and the wine ages in 500-liter oak casks, one-quarter new, for two years before blending and bottling. Sandrone crafts fewer than 2,000 cases of this spellbinding Barolo a year. more info