Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2009
Le Vigne is a wine created from four different Nebbiolo vineyards, each of which brings its own contribution. The first vineyard, Vignane, is situated in the historical part of the Barolo appellation and shares many characteristics with Cannubi but does not possess the latter’s aromatic complexity. The wines show softness and elegance, and a distinct mid-palate mouthfeel that enhances the sense of richness when combined with other, more austere grapes. The second vineyard, Conterni in Monforte d’Alba produces wines of great tannic structure and shares some of the austere character of Serralunga fruit. The third, Ceretta di Perno, is also from the Monforte d’Alba side and is a hard-to-reach, steep, difficult to farm and remote vineyard. Nearly abandoned in the sixties, it produces wines of freshness and vivacity. Lastly, the Merli vineyard is located in Novello, with the Sandrone section in a south-southwest facing bowl that captures the afternoon light perfectly. The wines made from here are earthy and robust but with good aromatic complexity.
This is a stunning wine with intense floral scents of iris, violet and rose layered with hints of mint and coffee. The palate is rich and vibrant, with a core of black cherry wrapped in cinnamon and spice. This is superbly balanced, elegant and structured. Enjoyable now, this will also age well.