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Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2003

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  • The domaine was relatively young, started in 1978, with only 22 hectare of vineyard, but already achieved one of the top positions in wine lovers' heart
  • While often referred as the leader of the "Barolo Boys", he actually adopted a "middle-ground" approach - not using the modernist-beloved 225-liter barrique, but a 500-liter tonneaux (as opposed to the less porous classic 2500-liter Slavonian cask)
  • The resulting barolo is more accessible and approachable at younger age, but still reflecting the terroir
  • "Le Vigne" means vineyards, as this wine is blended from several parcel of lands across Barolo

Wine Advocate: 93
"The 2003 Barolo Le Vigne may have a slight edge over the Cannubi Boschis in this vintage, as the ability to blend fruit from various microclimates was a big advantage. It is a full-bodied, soft-textured Barolo with lively color and plenty of ripe red fruit, menthol and spices. This is an especially fresh, vibrant wine for the vintage, with tannins that are particularly refined." (Oct 2007)

 

IWC: 92
"Impressively deep ruby-red color for the vintage. Superripe black fruit, brown spice and tar aromas reminded me of a fresher version of a top Bonneau Chateauneuf. Then sweet and layered in the mouth, with shockingly good ripe acidity for 2003. This boasts a penetrating violet florality I find in very few wines from this hot year. Not yet particularly complex but wonderfully fresh and strong. Sandrone did a second green harvest to remove part of the clusters, then picked slowly during the second week of September, his earliest harvest ever, to eliminate the dried berries. Can this really be better than the Cannubi Boschis?" (Dec 2007)

 

Wine Spectator: 92
"Displays bright berry and truffle on the nose. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a caressing finish. There's just a hint of new wood. Balanced and beautiful." (Oct 2007)

 

 

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