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Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore 2015


Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore 2015

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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 2015

Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – "The Valmaggiore vineyard in Roero hill on the left bank of the Tanaro river has been pumping out some really impressive fruit lately. The 2015 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore is a prime example of this site-specific excellence. Nebbiolo from Valmaggiore tends to reveals floral intensity and that's what you pick up here. The bouquet is laced with many small details that keep your attention and form a greater web of nuance and complexity. Violets, wild berries, campfire ash and licorice root are part of this winning formula. The mouthfeel is consistently linear and tight." 93+ points, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate #231


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