2014 luciano sandrone, barolo, aleste
Why We're Buying
Luciano Sandrone Barolo Aleste is a tribute to Luciano's grandchildren: ALEssia and STEfano. This wine seeks to pass on his boldness, innovativeness, and sensibility to the next generation. The 100% nebbiolo earned international acclaim after its debut and currently retails north of $150 per bottle.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is the second year Aleste is produced instead of Cannubi Boschis, however the grapes are exactly the same. The 2014 Barolo Aleste is named after Luciano Sandrone's grandchildren Alessia and Stefano. The 2014 is still wound up and will require extra time to find its footing. The Sandrone family lost 25% of their fruit production in this challenging harvest. The wine offers fragrant notes of wild cherry and cassis with smoke, crushed stone and candied orange peel. The tannins are firm and textured. It is the palate (more than the nose) that requires more time to soften.
A firm and silky red with plum and berry character. Hints of spices and dark chocolate, too. Medium to full body. Powerful and structured. Needs three or four years to soften.
The cherry and strawberry aromas are tinged by hay and tobacco notes. On the palate, the core of fruit is joined by a chorus of herb, tobacco and underbrush flavors. Aggressively tannic now, but well-proportioned and long.