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2010 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne

ITEM 8562259 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
3 $195
Item Sold Amount Date
I8601648 3 $175 Dec 25, 2022
I8532175 3 $195 Nov 20, 2022
I8489825 3 $210 Oct 23, 2022
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RATINGS

100Vinous / IWC

Rich, layered and utterly impeccable, the Le Vigne boasts stunning depth and richness. Dried rose petal, tar, mint, wild flowers and cinnamon flow through to the multi-dimensional finish.

96The Wine Advocate

Bright cherry fruit, blackberry and creme de cassis segue to profound layers of licorice, spice, cola and anisette. It feels strong and tonic in the mouth with a pleasingly velveteen texture and a fresh dose of zesty acidity.

96James Suckling

A gorgeous young wine with flowers, sandalwood and berries on the nose. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. Wonderfully harmonious. A blend of wines from different vineyards.

94Wine Spectator

A rich version, boasting floral, macerated cherry, plum, menthol and tobacco flavors. The tannins are dense, but this remains vibrant and elegant overall, finishing with spice and earth notes. Exhibits excellent harmony and length.

17Jancis Robinson

Deep open-knit sweet nose. Lots of extract and good acidity. Still a tiny bit sweet, but already accessible. Real Nebbiolo expression. Solid structure and style.

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, Barolo

Barolo is one of Italy’s greatest wine appellations. In fact many cognoscenti of Italian wines consider Barolo to be the apex of Italian winemaking. Barolo is sometimes referred to as “the king of wines, and the wine of kings” partly because until the mid-19th century Piedmont was owned by the noble House of Savoy, the historic rulers of northwestern Italy. And the Savoys had a taste for Nebbiolo. Nestled into the rolling hills of Langhe, the Barolo DOCG includes 11 communes, one of which is the town of Barolo. There are 4,200 vineyard acres in the appellation and since the late 19th century growers have tried to identify their best vineyards. By marketing some vineyards as better quality than others, Barolo producers have followed the Burgundian custom of making single vineyard, or “cru” vineyard bottlings. As in neighboring Barbaresco, the Barolo DOCG requires that wines be 100% Nebbiolo, a grape thought of as the Pinot Noir of Italy. Records show that Nebbiolo was grown in the Piedmont as early as the 14th century, and despite being somewhat finicky – it is late to ripen and easily damaged by adverse weather --- Nebbiolo makes highly aromatic and powerful red wines. Until the mid-19th century Nebbiolos of Piedmont were vinified as sweet wines, though that ended in the late 19th century when a French oenologist was invited to Piedmont to show producers how to make dry reds. Barolo was made a DOC in 1966 and upgraded to DOCG status in 1980. Barolos must be aged at least three years, at least two of those years in wood. Barolos are tannic and robust and generally need at least five years to soften into complex, earthy wines.

TYPE

Red Wine, Nebbiolo, D.O.C.G.

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.