Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore 2014
A precipitous 50% gradient in places, Valmaggiore is planted to a very high 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. 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 is aged French demi-muid (500 litre). The result in 2014 is a brilliant Nebbiolo with lifted red fruit, floral and nettle aromas and flavours, as well as all sorts of spice and some complex leather and pine notes. Luciano Sandrone believes that 2014 is an outstanding year for Nebbiolo if the sorting was strict and the yields low. This is a fabulous advertisement for the vintage. The palate is intense yet graceful and fresh, with bright, pretty, tangy fruit shot through with mineral freshness and silky Nebbiolo tannins. Simply a delicious Nebb that is all class. Bravo!
Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – “Luciano Sandrone's 2014 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore is a terrific drinking wine that offers fresh fruit, pretty balsam intensity and crisp acidity on the close. A bottle like this begs for a wood-oven pizza topped with spicy sausage or wild mushrooms. It exhibits fine tannins and an easy overall approach.” 89 points, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate #225, Jun 2016
In a mixed or straight case: $65.54