Vino: 2001 Sandrone "Le Vigne" Barolo

Vino: 2001 Sandrone "Le Vigne" Barolo

Feb 15, 2007

Name: 2001 Sandrone Barolo
Grape: Nebbiolo
Region: Piedmonte
Price: $105.00 to $120.00

I totally splurged last night! As part of an annual tradition, every Valentine's Day we cash in the change we have collected throughout the year and use the money to buy an indulgent bottle of wine.

This year we collected a-lot of change, enough in fact to buy a bottle of Barolo. Often called, "The King" of Italian wines, Barolos are collected, cherished and ridiculously expensive. Made entirely from the Nebbiolo grape in Piedmont. Barolos can be luscious, deep, complex and very interesting.

Last night we tried the 2001 Le Vigne from Luciano Sandrone. Sandrone is a relatively new winemaker in Barolo, after many years spent working for the formidable Marchesi di Barolo; Sandrone was able to purchase his very own, small estate. Sandrone is a boutique producer who makes a limited amount of wine.

The Le Vigne was lovely but elusive; it took some time to open up. At first the wine was tannic, clenched and somewhat minty. After a heavy shake in the decanter and some time in the glass it began to open up; becoming wonderfully deep with black and red fruit, great smokiness and a texture that was unreal. The complexity of flavors, length of the finish and awesome aromatics made it worth the splurge.

Stores: Morrell & Company $104.00 (1 Rockefeller Plaza), Grapes The Wine Co. $120.00 (11 Purdy Ave., Rye), Astor Wines & Spirits $119.99 (399 Lafayette @ 4th St.)

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