Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore 2017

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Tasting Notes

The Sandrone family farm a continuous, three-hectare vineyard in the Valmaggiore area of Roero that they planted themselves in early 1990’s. This is an extremely steep (50% gradient in places) and spectacularly beautiful terraced vineyard planted to a high density of 8,000 vines per hectare. The soil here, comprised of almost pure sand, littered with limestone fossils (i.e. chalky sand), gifts a remarkably perfumed and elegant expression of Nebbiolo, quite distinct from the denser styles of wine produced in the clay rich soils of Barolo and Barbaresco. The Valmaggiore 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 glass today. Of course vine age is playing an ever greater role in the quality of this wine being released each year, and this is clearly one of the best examples we have shipped. Deep, fragrant and age-worthy, the 2017 offers up notes of dark cherry, pomegranate and tea, while the palate is super-fine, tightly wound and classy. There is superb purity of fruit and fine yet abundant tannins. If drinking now, the decanter is your friend. It will be even better with 5-10 years in the cellar. - Importers Notes


“…Lovely notes of red rose and some herbal tones appear on the nose of the 2017 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore, coupled with balsam, spice and rosemary. It's voluminous in the mouth, and while the Le Vigne Barolo tends to be the most floral and delicately ethereal of Sandrone's release, this bouquet is distinctive in its own way.” 92 points, Monica Larner,

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