Luciano Sandrone Tasting

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:

Wines at the tasting

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.

Catch Up

April 2012, Manhattan

Due to a lot of traveling, haven’t had a chance to catalogue a couple important wines I had over the past month.  Some quick tasting notes:

2009 Marco De Bartoli Grappoli del Grillo – I had this wine twice in the past month. First at Marea with Diane, Rory and Flora then at Manoj’s apartment with Indian food:

2009 Marco De Bartoli Grappoli del Grillo

Medium lemon color led to a crisp, acidic palate that’s great with shellfish and seafood. Minerality that reminded me of Carricante and interesting to try a dry white that’s 100% Grillo. Went shockingly well with the Indian food – had enough lightness and acid to cut through the spices and work as a palate cleanser. Love this wine.

2006 Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore – had this at home with Diane and Manoj while eating Turkish food:

2006 Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore

My tasting notes right after drinking it: Deep aroma of red fruit. Cooked cherries and oak on the palate – well integrated tannins that start to show up more about an hour after it’s been poured. Good acidity and great with food. Expect this to continue to evolve over the next 3+ years at least.

*** 2009 Marco De Bartoli Grappoli del Grillo, $35

*** 2006 Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore, $35