The Le Vigne 2009 is a wine of striking finesse. This mid-weight Barolo is wonderfully harmonious and balanced with everything in exactly the right place. Glossy and suave in the Sandrone style but this does not detract from the pure Nebbiolo fruit and perfume. Le Vigne 2009 is all about texture with perfectly managed exquisitely fine tannin and an almost unbelievable silkiness. Delicious.
Sandrone are one of the modern day icons of Barolo. Since moving to their new winery just outside the town of Barolo 13 years ago they have not looked back. Showered with praise for their intense, suave-textured wines, Sandrone exploit 25ha in Barolo. Their cellar tastings and final selections are as rigorous as their vineyard work, a maximum of 75% of the crop makes it into Sandrone – bottled wines, the rest is sold off in bulk. After fermentation the Baroli are aged for 24 months in 500 litre oak barrels, 25% of which are new. The inaugural vintage in the new winery was the excellent 1999.
Barolo is greatest, most intense and expressive display of the Northern Italian grape variety Nebbiolo. The name is given to bottles from the Piedmont area, made exclusively from Nebbiolo, and coming from the five core towns of Barolo, La Morra, Serralunga d'Alba, Castiglione Falletto and Monforte d'Alba, along with certain other peripherary villages. The wines offer power, aromatics and longevity that is almost unmatched elsewhere in Italy, perhaps the world. Top, forward thinking producers have pushed huge changes in the winemaking culture of the area, and as a result finer, purer Barolo is being produced than ever before.