WNH Barolo theme.
Not having any experience with this producer, I tried a small glass at pop and pour, then decided to decant for an hour and a half. I then enjoyed the bottle over the next two hours.
I’m between a 92 and 93 here. If I had tried this blind, I think I would have taken this to left bank Bordeaux. As odd as that sounds, my reasons are mostly due to hardly any floral notes at all, and a hint of leather on the palate (with both the classic Barolo and Cabernet finish showing drying tannins). The longer this was open, the more cherry menthol notes picked up (but not in a bad way). Red currant, cherry and vanilla Pope tobacco, and underripe fleshy black cherry skin. Sporting a classically warm 2007 profile with richness and tannin, this powered through the entire evening and was best about halfway through. I’m sure it can hold many more years, but this is at a stage where the fruit is fading to the background and savory herbs, dates and fig will soon make their way to the forefront. Just depends on your preferred Barolo style. Enjoyed from a Grassl Cru glass which does a great job of accentuating the aromatics in old world wines. — 6 days ago
A brilliant effort! This 1990 Monfortino with a six hour decant is a profound and intellectual wine. Superbly balanced with black and red fruits and a slight olive taste with a nose of fog and a consumer sera le length makes you want to reflect after every sip. It went superbly with the pasta with filet grounded to provide a sauce (yep that’s unique!) . Superb! — 10 days ago
Amber tawny color. Looks old in the glass but not overly so. Gave this 6 hours in a decanter before taking it to our restaurant. Has a great old Barolo nose. Notes of Asian tea, soy sauce, roses, black cherries, some leather saddle and a little tar. Silky in the mouth, with a perfume that gains intensity. Still has ample fruit with a nice soft structure that delivers a memorable finish. Great performance tonight, and bottles like this easily have another 5-8 years of peak delivery. — 4 days ago
Color of purple with a mix of copper tone. Quite clear. Nose of nice dry strawberry, aldehyde, tobacco leaves, strength of alcohol, and some more cigar box. Taste of solid and refined tannins, ripe grapes, strawberry, mineral and zest, slightly sweet, and some more tobacco leaves. Quite flavorful and enjoyable. Aftertaste is medium long with addition of a bit black pepper. Nice one. On her peak. — 7 days ago
Yesterday late afternoon I had the pleasure of tasting the 2016 Luciano Sandrone Le Vigne Barolo. At first taste I knew this was a special bottle of wine. All boxes were checked on the nose as well as the palate.
On the nose were fully expressive notes of black cherry, strawberry, herbs, clove, clay pottery, rose petals, underbrush, tar and dusty soil.
On the palate were delightful notes of dark cherries, strawberry, red plum, licorice, truffle, herbs, dried roses, a good mineral note and dusty earth.
An outstanding wine from the word go, full bodied, well balanced with a smooth round mouthfeel, medium + acidity and medium + to high fine mouth coating grippy tannins that leaves you with a long pronounced fresh fruit dusty earth finish. This wine still has a lot to offer years from now. What a pleasure to have experienced this. I hope everyone's weekend is going well? Have a continued wonderful weekend. Please stay safe and healthy. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 16 days ago
Color of light purple, a bit cloudy, with some orange note on the rim. Nose of nice dried strawberry, spice, plum, aldehyde, sour cherry, crayon, and nose keeps coming. Taste of refined and solid tannins, black tea, almost dried and clean, ripe grapes, and dried strawberry. Aftertaste is medium long with more flavors similar to the tasting plus some peppery and bitter yet refreshing note. Nice. — 5 days ago
Superb nose and scents of tobacco, herbs, dark fruit, spices and a floral character as well, the nose keeps on giving. The palate is not as impressive, nice acidity and typical powerful Barolo, lacks a bit of finish and elegance to it, too young for sure but doubtful it will improve that much.
Superbe nez très expressif, exubérant même et complexe, du fruit, des herbes, tabac, floral. La bouche est typée, une acidité bien sentie, assez puissant mais manque un peu de fini et de finesse, c’est très bien mais pas prêt encore et je ne sais pas si cela va se bonifier tant que cela. 90-91 — 9 days ago
Sitting out by the pool eating a wood fired Sicilian style pizza & drinking one of my favorite Barolo producers. This was open & seemed ready to go that had a dried, sour cherry, with sweet savory spice, balsamic notes, forest floor, tar, dried herbs, leather & rose petal. In a word Excellent! — 9 days ago