Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2016

Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2016

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Luciano Sandrone is a first-generation winemaker best known for his Barolos, which he began production of from a single vineyard on the famed Cannubi hill in 1977 after a stint spent at Marchesi di Barolo with his wife. His wines tend to hybridize modern and traditionalist winemaking techniques—shorter maceration periods but extended aging in primarily second- and third-use oak, with only the barest minimum of his final blends coming from juice rested in new oak. No less an authority than Robert Parker awarded one of Sandrone’s 1990 Barolos with a perfect score, one of the first such grades ever awarded a Barolo by that venerable critic.

The Sandrones source their Dolcetto from two vineyard sites in Barolo itself, as well as one Novello and one in Monforte d’Alba. All are hilly locations with persistent stiff breezes—precisely the wrong growing conditions for Nebbiolo, but perfect for Barbera and Dolcetto both. Grapes from each vineyard are vinified separately before being blended together and rested in stainless for approximately 9 months. A deep, burnished ruby red in the glass; red-fleshed plums, hibiscus, fresh blackcap raspberry, toast, and anise. Firm but fruity. Drink now.

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