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2017 Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore

ITEM 8467761 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
2 $35
Item Sold Amount Date
I8477060 2 $35 Oct 9, 2022
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RATINGS

92The Wine Advocate

Lovely notes of red rose and some herbal tones appear on the nose...voluminous in the mouth...bouquet is distinctive in its own way.

92Vinous / IWC

...bright, fruity and absolutely delicious... Sweet red berry fruit and floral notes are nicely pushed forward.

92Wine Enthusiast

Eucalyptus, black-skinned-berry and violet aromas mingle with whiffs of new leather and truffle. Juicy and savory, the medium-bodied palate offers ripe Marasca cherry, spiced cranberry and licorice framed in taut refined tannins.

92Jeb Dunnuck

...impressive nose of red and black fruits, toasted spices, dried flowers, and cedarwood. Beautiful on the palate as well, with medium-bodied richness... Balanced, seamless...

90Wine Spectator

Features rich, bright cherry fruit and dense tannins. Earth, eucalyptus and floral notes add depth to this balanced...

90James Suckling

Attractive strawberry and orange-peel character. Medium body. Light tannins and a fresh finish.

15.5Jancis Robinson

PRODUCER

Luciano Sandrone

Luciano Sandrone winery was founded in 1978 when Luciano Sandrone bought a small vineyard in Italy’s Piedmont region. He began making wine in his parents’ garage, and by 1982 his Barolos were being distributed throughout Europe. Today the estate includes 67 acres of vineyards and it is run by Luciano with the help of his younger brother Luca and his daughter Barbara. The estate makes several highly regarded Barolos, as well as Nebbiolo, Barbera, and a red table wine. Luciano Sandrone is admired not only for his well-rated wines but his history of blending the best of modern and traditional winemaking. Gambero Rosso, Italy’s leading wine journal, notes that “the winery is an example of how to combine elegance, efficiency and respect for the environment.”

REGION

Italy, Piedmont

Piedmont’s name means “foot of the mountain” and it aptly describes Piedmont’s location near the Alps, just east of France and south of Switzerland. For admirers of Nebbiolo wines, Piedmont is Italy’s most exalted region, since it is home to Barolo and Barbaresco. Barolo and Barbaresco are names of towns as well as names of the two most prestigious Piedmont DOCGs. Piedmont, with 142,000 vineyard acres, has seven DOCGs and fifty DOCs, the highest number of DOCS in any Italian wine zone. Despite its relatively northern location, its sometimes cool and frequently foggy weather, Piedmont produces mostly red wines. The Nebbiolo grape thrives in this climate and in fact takes its name from the Italian word for fog, “nebbia.” With its rich buttery food, majestic red wines and complicated vineyard system, Piedmont is often thought of as the Burgundy of Italy. As in Burgundy, Piedmont vineyards generally have well-established boundaries, and the vineyards are often divided into smaller parcels owned by several families. Though Nebbiolo is considered the most “noble” Piedmont grape, Barbera is actually the most widely planted grape. Dolcetto is the third most common red grape. White wines in Piedmont are made from Arneis, Cortese, Erbaluce and Moscato. Though Barolo and Barbaresco are the stars of the region, the easy-to-drink, sparkling “spumante” and “frizzante” wines of the Asti DOCG are the most widely produced. There are also Piedmont Indicazione Geographica Tipica (IGT) wines that are often an innovative blend of traditional and non-traditional grapes. This relatively new appellation status was started in 1992 as an attempt to give an official classification to Italy’s newer blends that do fit the strict requirements of DOC and DOCG classifications. IGT wines may use the name of the region and varietal on their label or in their name.

TYPE

Red Wine, Nebbiolo

This red grape is most often associated with Piedmont, where it becomes DOCG Barolo and Barbaresco, among others. Its name comes from Italian for “fog,” which descends over the region at harvest. The fruit also gains a foggy white veil when mature.