7 June 2012, New York Vintners, Manhattan
Diane and I, along with a few friends, attended a wine-maker dinner at New York Vintners with Luciano Sandrone. In addition to some great stories about his life and his theories on wine-making, we were able to try some great vintage wines – tasting notes below:
1. ** 2009 Luciano Sandrone Barbera d’Alba – Strong acidity, bright red fruit, tart cherries, light tannins.
2. ** 2007 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne – Light, earthy Barolo nose. Massive tannins, explosion of fruit. Spice and dark fruit. Way too young right now.
3. *** 1998 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Cannubi – Still surprisingly young and just reaching its drinking years. Smooth attack followed by firm tannins, leather, earth. Very long finish.
4. *** 1999 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne – Finessed, rounded structure. Still powerful but not as explosive as the ’98 Cannubi. Drinking better now but maybe less aging potential.
5. *** 1998 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne – Herbal, smoother tannins starting to integrate. Still showing great acidity.
6. *** 1997 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne – Almost sweet, red berries, earth, soil, integrated tannins that finish long but easy.