luciano sandrone, barolo, vigne 2012
WINE SPECTATOR
95
WINE & SPIRITS
93

2012 luciano sandrone, barolo, vigne

Why We're Buying

Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne is everything someone could want in a Barolo. It's balanced, coiled, and deep with a sweet finish. The 2016 vintage is the pinnacle of Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne. Wine critic Monica Larner, who gave it a 100-point rating, wrote, "I found it to be unforgettable, quite literally, inspiring one of those celebrated "wow" moments that we wine lovers so desperately seek in bottle after bottle."

Critics Scores

WINE SPECTATOR
95

Wine Spectator

A hint of oak lends this a spicy component, along with cherry, licorice and tar flavors. Racy and bright, with fine intensity and a long, tightly wound finish that seems to go on forever. Shows beautiful purity and class. Best from 2020 through 2036.

WINE & SPIRITS
93

Wine & Spirits

Sandrone selects fruit from four crus to make Le Vigne, blending a wine with flavors of macerated cherries and sweet vanilla, laden with notes of black spice, menthol and tobacco. The wine’s texture is smooth, its tannins having been polished during the two years it rested in 500-liter French oak barrels. Notes of lavender and orange zest brighten the darker fruit flavors as the wine evolves over several hours. The fruit and spice flavors linger vibrantly on the finish.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The Luciano Sandrone 2012 Barolo le Vigne shows the trademark ripeness that I so often identify in this historic product. The bouquet is round and plush with thick layers of dark cherry marmalade, blackberry preserves and dark currant. Beyond those apparent fruit aromas, Le Vigne offers dark spice and licorice with a beautiful menthol signature on the finish. The wine's natural structure is padded by soft tannins and lush fruit consistency. In all, this important wine is less vibrant and distinctive compared to other excellent vintages such as 2008 and 2010.