Luciano Sandrone Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d'Alba 2016

$82.99 per single bottle
Size: 750

About This Wine

A precipitous 50% gradient in places, Valmaggiore is planted to a high density of 8,000 vines per hectare and the soil here is comprised almost entirely of pure sand littered with fossilised crustaceans (i.e. it is a chalky sand). This soil gifts a remarkably perfumed and elegant expression of Nebbiolo, nothing to do with the more powerful style of wine produced in the clay rich soils of Barolo and Barbaresco. For those new to this wine, the Sandrone family first came to the Valmaggiore in 1990 and it took them several years to buy up the 28 individual parcels that form the continuous three-hectare holding owned today. The 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 wine today. After primary fermentation in tank, the malo and maturation, for 12 months, occur in aged French oak (500 litre). The note below really nails it - this is the greatest Valmaggiore we have shipped. It's a wine of such remarkable purity (violets, dried rose petals and small red fruits) and finesse, a wine built on perfume. We can't recommend it highly enough although don't buy it if you love power, buy it if you love pretty, pure and nuanced wines that are also incredibly delicious! 
Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Nebbiolo
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Appellation Nebbiolo d'Alba
Brand Luciano Sandrone
Vintage 2016

Wines of Piedmont

In the North-Western corner of Italy, with a backdrop of the visually stunning Alps, Piedmont is a great place to visit for wine tourism. It is also home to some of the most sought-after wines in the country.

Nebbiolo is the region’s most prestigious grape variety, a red variety not seen much in Australia. Wines made from this grape are powerful with remarkably high levels of tannins but a balancing acidity. The Piedmont region offers the grapes with a reliable autumn fog that provides a cooling effect which is particularly beneficial to the growth of Nebbiolo. This pre-harvest fog (“nebbia” in Italian) is actually where the grape’s name comes from. The fog is vital in that it prolongs the time spent on the vine and allows the grapes to achieve full ripeness.

The most famous examples of Nebbiolo come from the appellations (subregions) of Barolo and Barbaresco, known for their ability to age well, firm tannins and distinct smell of tar and roses. Barolo is a big tannic expression of Nebbiolo, while Barbaresco only about 15km away makes a more elegant style. Barolo wines are generally the more expensive of the two and are known to cellar for decades.

By volume however, Barbera is the most planted red grape in Piedmont. This grape makes a juicy, low tannin but high acidity easy-going red. Perhaps somewhat like a lighter style Shiraz.

While there are quite a few white varieties planted in the region, the most notable is Moscato d’Asti, made in a sparkling style in the Asti subregion.

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