LUCIANO SANDRONE VALMAGGIORE NEBBIOLO 2017
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HERB SOFT PURE
CLASSIC / ORGANIC / 750ML
Mouthfeel and felt, a texture driven wine with a subtle nose that leans toward wet rock rather than fruit-forward. a unique steep undulating subregion that sits on chalky sand. A beautiful insight into the versatility of nebbiolo.
From the producer: The Sandrone family farm is a continuous, three-hectare vineyard in the Valmaggiore area of Roero that they planted themselves in early 1990's. This is an extremely steep (50% gradient in places) and spectacularly beautiful terraced vineyard planted to a high density of 8,000 vines per hectare. The soil here, comprised of almost pure sand, littered with limestone fossils (i.e. chalky sand), gifts a remarkably perfumed and elegant expression of Nebbiolo, quite distinct from the denser styles of wine produced in the clay rich soils of Barolo and Barbaresco. The Valmaggiore vineyard is farmed meticulously and organically, and a strict sorting occurs each year to reach the level of purity and intensity we see in the glass today. Of course vine age is playing an ever greater role in the quality of this wine being released each year, and this is clearly one of the best examples we have shipped. Deep, fragrant and age-worthy, the 2017 offers up notes of dark cherry, pomegranate and tea, while the palate is super-fine, tightly wound and classy. There is superb purity of fruit and fine yet abundant tannins. If drinking now, the decanter is your friend. It will be even better with 5-10 years in the cellar.
"With scorching heat and little rain overall, there was reason for worry during the 2017 growing season at large, but in the Roero zone by the banks of the Tanaro river, the hilly Valmaggiore vineyards received more rain than other parts of Piedmont, so these grapes did not suffer as much. Lovely notes of red rose and some herbal tones appear on the nose of the 2017 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore, coupled with balsam, spice and rosemary. It's voluminous in the mouth, and while the Le Vigne Barolo tends to be the most floral and delicately ethereal of Sandrone's release, this bouquet is distinctive in its own way. It would be a nice pair with a mushroom risotto." 92 points, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate
"The 2017 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore is bright, fruity and absolutely delicious. The warm vintage seems to have given the Valmaggiore an extra kick of mid-palate sweetness, which is not a bad thing for a wine that can at times be a bit lean. Sweet red berry fruit and floral notes are nicely pushed forward. The 2017 will benefit from a few years in bottle, which will allow the aromatics to develop, but it is impeccable in its balance and super-classy, even in the early going." 92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous