Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore 2015

$39.99

SKU 11332

750ml

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Valmaggiore is the product of Luciano's incredible passion for the Nebbiolo grape variety and the desire to show just how its expression can vary depending on the soil in which it is cultivated. Just 15 miles away from Barolo, in the Roero region, Nebbiolo produces a lighter structure and ripe, smooth tannins that are not unlike those of Pinot Noir. The wine drinks well from about age 6 to 12 but will easily last longer in the best vintages. This is not a "baby Barolo" or a second wine at all - it is a distinct interpretation of a completely different geographic winemaking zone. The wine shows delicious floral elements and red fruits, wrapped around a medium-weight structure with a long, delicious finish and modulated, ripe tannins.
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Appellation Nebbiolo d'Alba
Brand Luciano Sandrone
Alcohol/vol 14%
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Wine AdvocateThe Valmaggiore vineyard in Roero hill on the left bank of the Tanaro river has been pumping out some really impressive fruit lately. The 2015 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore is a prime example of this site-specific excellence. Nebbiolo from Valmaggiore tends to reveals floral intensity and that's what you pick up here. The bouquet is laced with many small details that keep your attention and form a greater web of nuance and complexity. Violets, wild berries, campfire ash and licorice root are part of this winning formula. The mouthfeel is consistently linear and tight. The Sandrone family first came to Valmaggiore in 1990. It took them several years to buy up the 28 individual parcels that form the three-hectare holding farmed today.

Monica Larner, June 30, 2017
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Wine SpectatorA cherry- and berry-flavored red, showing fine tension and structure. Made in a firm, sinewy style, with accents of earth, licorice and mineral. Finishes with a chalky sensation. Drink now through 2024. 220 cases imported.

Bruce Sanderson, 2018