2015 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (750ml)

2015 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (750ml)

Regular price $109.95 Sale

"The Sandrone family's 2015 Barolos are flat-out gorgeous, but that is hardly a surprise given the brilliant track record the Sandrone have built over the last four decades. As always, the Sandrones favor relatively short oak aging of just 18 months for their Le Vigne and Aleste Barolos. The new Vite Talin, on the other hand, spends a total of three years in wood. I have also provided notes for the 2009 Barolos, which Sandrone is re-releasing this year. Luciano Sandrone remains a benchmark for Piedmont. These wines are simply terrific." - Antonio Galloni (Vinous)

"A tight and focused Le Vigne with strawberry, orange-peel and floral aromas and hints of hazelnuts. Not giving it all now. Full-bodied, very intense and focused. Extremely long and polished, tannic finish. Drink from 2023. 97 points" - James Suckling (6 Jan, 2019)

"Ripe black-skinned berry, pipe tobacco, ground clove and star anise lead the way on this full-bodied red. The smooth, tightly knit palate offers succulent black cherry, cranberry compote, coconut and espresso alongside firm, fine-grained tannins. A licorice note graces the finish. Drink 2022–2030. 96 points" - Kerin O’Keefe (Wine Enthusiast, Oct 2019)

The 2015 Barolo Le Vigne is a wine of pure and extreme grace. Silky and nuanced on the palate, with tremendous character, the 2015 is all class. Rose petal, mint and sweet red berry fruit are laced together in this super-expressive Barolo. Medium in body, with radiant fruit and brisk tannins, the 2015 Le Vigne is a terrific example of the vintage at its best. Today, the 2015 is decidedly reticent. I have seen Le Vigne open up with time in bottle. I imagine that will be the case here as well, although the wine is quite closed down at this stage. Vineyard sources are Baudana, Villero, Vignane and Merli. 95+ points" - Antonio Galloni (Vinous, Feb. 2019)

"Luciano Sandrone expected this would be a beautiful year for Nebbiolo, with fruit showing the qualities of an important wine all throughout the growing season and right up to harvest. And yes, the 2015 Barolo le Vigne did turn out to be a great vintage, with a full aromatic array of perfumed rose, lavender and violet. For all of its generosity and expressiveness, with just a beautiful bouquet that sings out a seductive mezzo-soprano aria, be forewarned that in the mouth this is followed by rigidity and nervousness. That explosive bouquet might mislead you into thinking this is a rather evolved wine, but you certainly feel its youth on the palate. To be frank, this was an easy year to make wine, and it's not a big surprise that this edition of le Vigne turned out to be as classic and as good as it is. It should get even better with time." 95+ points - Monica Larner (Wine Advocate, June 2019)