Luciano Sandrone Barolo Aleste 2017


Considering some of the casks spent up to 2 months on skins, this is remarkably pure with extremely fine tannins. Compelling aromas of cassis, tar, cherry cola, leather polish, nutmeg, liquorice, cigar box, roses, cherry and violet. Tighter than the Le Vigne, and I prefer this in 2017, although usually Le Vigne gets my nod. Signature round shape of Sandrone, all the flavours and components balanced and woven. The nebbiolo grip becomes more apparent on the finish, but it’s all soft velvet. Absolutely stunning wine, classic, but the shape and feel are unique to Sandrone. Waters Wine Co

Aromas of menthol, pressed rose, wild berry and grilled herb are front and center in this stunning wine along with a whiff of forest floor. Combining structure and finesse, the savory, full-bodied palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, blood orange and licorice before an espresso finish. Firm, refined tannins provide tight support. Drink 2025–2032. 97 points, Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast

The 2017 Barolo Aleste is a dark, ample wine. Dark cherry, plum, new leather, spice and licorice bring out darker tones of Nebbiolo. All the natural power of these parcels come through effortlessly. Best of all, the 2017 will drink well with minimal cellaring. 95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous

The purity and brightness of nebbiolo is so impressive here. Strawberries and blue fruit abound. Full-bodied, yet tight and very polished with a long, persistent finish. Very transparent and appealing. Drink in 2025 and onwards. 96 points,

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