Absolutely lovely. It starts off dense and tarry on the nose, with plum and chocolate fudge scents, then adds layers of bright floral and cherry notes with airing, while the palate is a whirl of mouthcoating flavors that never seem hamhanded despite the great intensity. Finishes with wonderfully plush tannins, making this approachable now, yet capable of evolving…
Great stuff, combining traditional Barolo flavors—dusty earth, leather, floral notes and cherries—with modern touches, like the supple tannins and hints of hickory smoke. This is a big, powerful wine that manages to be burly without being clumsy, intellectually challenging and complex while still delivering lush fruit. Drinkable now, but better several years from…
A beautiful Dolcetto, defining the state-of-the-art for this grape. Black cherry, violets, roses, and vanilla mark the lovely nose. Robust flavors of cherry, chocolate, and licorice mark the palate. The feel is plush and round, but still substantial, with an admirable seamlessness.
Voluptuous yet serious, this aspirational bottling boasts dense black fruit underlined by notes of wet stones, cigar and coffee. Intense and big in the mouth. Drinking beautifully now but the bracing acidity will keep it fresh for several years.
Unusually full-bodied and creamy textured for a Barbera, but also unusually good, with vibrant black-cherry fruit artfully framed by hints of vanilla and cinnamon. The long, mouthwatering finish is a treat. Drink now. Imported by Vintus LLC.
The Sandrone is a great example of a modern Barbera: hefty black fruit, violets and smoked meats under a thin mantle of oak. Despite the exuberance of the fruit, the wine shows plenty of finesse, as it moves seamlessly through the palate to a medium finish.
As with many of the wines of Sandrone, it is easy to be beguiled by the fruit, and miss the underlying structure holding it together. This is true of the Dolcetto, where the wine initially shows plenty of dark fruit and a touch of mint, but gains a spicy complexity as it takes in air. The wine will benefit from a couple of years in the bottle, but is delicious now.
Sandrone has always been a reliable source for great Barolo, and he has put some of his magic into his Barberas. This is an attractive wine with a stunning nose of dark fruit, licorice and smoked meat. The fruit is ripe and very rich, with relatively low acidity. Finishes well, with a medium/long soft, layered finish.