Three Affordable, Approachable Sandrone Recent Releases!

December 9, 2019
A Note from Sergio

Piemonte doesn't begin and end with Barolo or Barbaresco. While these collector bottlings of the fussy Nebbiolo grape made Piemonte famous with critics and connoisseurs, other indigenous and delicious varietals grow side by side with Piemonte's diva grape--Barbera and Dolcetto most notably. I often talk about Barbera and Dolcetto as being the wines that even Barolosti themselves drink on an everyday basis, but the fact is that these two Piemonte natives are not unique in this respect. There are great Nebbiolo wines that come from regions other than Barolo or Barbaresco, and these wines also help fill the need for approachable, affordable and easy-going Piemonte reds.

Today's e-letter celebrates three of these wines that, like the Supremes to Diana Ross, often get lost in the shadows of the superstar: Barbera and Dolcetto. Cultivated and crafted by Piemonte master Luciano Sandrone, today's more humble wines are nothing to scoff at--below you'll find Sandrone's classic 2018 Dolcetto d'Alba, its outstanding 2017 Barbera d'Alba, and its beautiful 2017 Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d'Alba! All three of these Sandrone wines are absolutely delicious, and you can drink them immediately, or let them mellow in your cellar for a few years. Take a trip to the less famous side of Piemonte--when your guide is Luciano Sandrone, you know it'll be terrific!


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Delectable Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto from Luciano Sandrone
2. Wine Events: Upcoming December Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

Luciano Sandrone always wanted to be a winemaker. After working as cellar-man in the historic Marchesi di Barolo estate, Sandrone was one of the original garagiste producers, making wine in his parents' garage. Decades later, Sandrone boasts holdings in some of the most legendary plots in Barolo, and his highly sought-after Barolos sit among the elite wines of Piemonte, if not the world. But neither the world nor Luciano Sandrone lives by Barolo alone, and today we're delighted to present new allocations of three recently released Sandrone gems, with not a Barolo in the bunch! These three wines--Sandrone's crunchy, minerally 2018 Dolcetto; the estate's lush, full-throttle 2017 Barbera d'Alba; and its powerful, lean 2017 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore--represent a trio of indigenous Piemonte grapes and the Sandrone winery's sophisticated, gleaming style.

Let's begin with the estate's charming Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore. Not a "baby Barolo," this Sandrone wine comes from a vineyard in Roero, located 15 miles away from Barolo Indeed, Sandrone was so enamored with Valmaggiore's wildness that he took more than a decade to buy the land that would become this vineyard. Crisp red berries dance against a background of new leather, pipe tobacco, licorice, fresh herbs and rose petals in this appealing, muscular '17 Nebbiolo d'Alba. Juicy fruits offset chewy tannins, while lively acidity energizes the wine's round, pretty palate--this Nebbiolo is perfect for fans of the grape who are looking to experience something unexpected.

The child of a torrid vintage, Sandrone's '17 Barbera is nearly hedonistic, offering heaps of super-ripe blue and black fruits, serious baking spices, a dusting of cocoa, and a handful of warm earth. Zesty acidity, lovely fruits, and considerable freshness combine to make this Barbera succulent and stunning! If you're looking for a zestier, more savory red, look no further than today's Dolcetto. Sweet raspberry, juicy cranberry, and a touch of blackberry dance against a backdrop of savory herbs, warm earth, and cool river rocks in this classically styled '18 Dolcetto d'Alba. Extremely food-friendly, this light-bodied wine feels supple and silky, piquing the cheeks with fine-grained tannins as it slides to a lovely, minerally finish.

Many Piemonte wine aficionados don't expand their cellars beyond Barolo and Barbaresco, but today's Sandrone trio wants to change minds and win hearts. Absolutely delicious and extremely high quality, this Sandrone trio invites early enjoyment and offers terrific value, while representing indigenous Italian grapes at their sophisticated best. Today's wines are perfect to enjoy right now as you wait for your banner-year 2015 Sandrone Barolo to age, yet they're also terrific on their own terms, offering Piemonte wine fans years of drinking that begin as soon as the bottles hit your table. Contact your portfolio manager to secure your approachable, affordable Sandrone trio from our limited allocation.

Sandrone 2018 Dolcetto d'Alba
(Italy, Piemonte - Dolcetto)
$25.99 Regular Price/btl
$23.91 Case Price/btl

Sandrone 2017 Barbera d'Alba
(Italy, Piemonte - Barbera)
$42.99 Regular Price/btl
$39.55 Case Price/btl

Sandrone 2017 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$49.99 Regular Price/btl
$45.99 Case Price/btl

Saturday, December 14 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $129.00/person
Early Bird Price: $119.00/person

IWM Host: Francesco Vigorito, Vice President of Sales

The holiday season is a time for giving, for receiving, and for enjoying yourself--which means that it's also time for really great wine. IWM celebrates the warmest time of the year at our Reds for the Holidays event, an afternoon dedicated to robust Burgundy, luscious Brunello welcoming Super-Tuscan wines, noble Nebbiolo, and all wines red, luscious, and delicious. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this special event, led by a knowledgeable IWM sommelier, will take you through the ins and outs of grape varietal, winemaker protocol, terroir and typicity of some of your favorite red wines, while introducing you to new bottles! It's a holiday gathering as only IWM can bring you, full of lively conversation, useful knowledge, and delicious wine!

*Wines to be announced.

Saturday, December 21 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Walk-Around Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $99.00/person
Early Bird Price: $89.00/person

IWM Host: Michael Adler, Portfolio Manager

Sparkling wines signal effortless elegance, brilliant style, and joyful sophistication--and no holiday is complete without them, or without big, bold wines that border on luxury! Let the holidays ring with this tasting event featuring Champagne, a few beloved Italian bubblies, and some beautiful holiday still wines as IWM pops the cork on one of our favorite holiday events, featuring some of our favorite holiday wines. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses and led by IWM sommeliers, this Saturday tasting invokes the spirit of the holidays, while treating you to some of the best wines IWM has to offer. Indulge in delicious wine, sparkling conversation, delectable treats, and all the warmth of this singular season with us at IWM. Drink in the present--and share this event with someone you love!

*Wines to be announced.

Saturday, December 28 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $129.00/person
Early Bird Price: $119.00/person

IWM Host: Morgan Howard, Portfolio Manager

From grape varietals to winemaking techniques, Italy and France have a serious relationship. As much as Italy and France compete for the attention of the wine world, the two neighboring countries also influence one another. Join IWM for this special event that helps you compare, contrast and enjoy the wines of France and Italy side by side, the makings of an entirely delightful Saturday afternoon. In this Studio del Gusto tasting, we'll be matching wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux and beyond with Italian Barolo, Brunello and more. Pairing wines from some of our favorite producers, regions, grapes and traditions, this event will give you an unparalleled opportunity to compare and contrast the wines of the world's two greatest winemaking countries. Spending a Saturday sipping wines from iconic and emblematic producers, nibbling on French and Italian cheeses and meats, and learning how the fine wines of Italy and France make each other great!

*Wines to be announced.

For more information, please visit our website Wine Events Page.

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