The story of Luciano Sandrone can be told in a few words.
Years of hard work as a cellar man, then all of sudden preceded the opportunity to buy a vineyard on Cannubi hill, in the heart of the Barolo wine zone. The first harvest in '78, the first satisfactions. Then more vineyards, more harvests and new acknowledgements. Right from day one, Luciano and his brother Luca have strived to achieve excellence.
Today this achievement is acknowledged the world over and is confirmed with every vintage. Balance is the keyword: in the cellar, between innovation and tradition; in the wines, between elegance and body; in the estate, between international distribution and a “human” dimension. Excellence is created in the vineyard. It is in the vineyard that quality has birth. Every wine is the product of the expression of single characteristics of each parcel, with its soil, its microclimate, its yeasts and its character. This process is possible only when there is knowledge and respect for the individuality of each vineyard, constant care and dedicated attention, at all times. Currently the estate farms a total of 27 hectares, 75% of which are owned, and produces between 90-100,000 bottles (about 8,000 twelve-bottle cases) per year. None of the wines are made from purchased grapes, and the rented vineyards are managed and farmed in exactly the same way as our estate vineyards. The current lineup of 5 bottlings was finalized after the 2001 vintage.
Barolo Cannubi Boschis is the flagship wine and is the one that earned Luciano his early success, being one of the first Italian wines to earn 100 points from the noted critic Robert Parker. This single-vineyard wine is typically dense and concentrated, but shows incredible harmony and balance. The medium-weight structure shows delightful and seductive notes of berries and cherries, with floral and mineral aspects. In great vintages, properly cellared examples will drink well for 20+ years. The finish is sweet and broad, with moderate, ripe tannins and long length.
Barolo Le Vigne is often a dark and impenetrable wine in its youth, where the tannins and structure from the higher-altitude vineyard sites make the wine less approachable. With proper cellaring, this wine reveals more classic Barolo aspects of black cherries, tar, violets and roses. This wine can outlive the Cannubi Boschis bottling in great years: Le Vigne shows more tannins than its brother and possesses amazing freshness and length.
Pe Mol was made for only three vintages: 1999, 2000 and 2001. It was a site-specific bottling; Pe Mol is a vineyard on the ridgetop between Monforte d’Alba and the hamlet of Perno. The site was originally planted to Barbera and Nebbiolo and the 3 vintages that were bottled are a blend of the vine mix in the vineyard. The Pe Mol bottling shows excellent fruit and structure, exhibiting a mix of black plums and cherries, with berry notes, excellent acid and structure and a long, ripe finish. However, Luciano and Luca decided the site was too windy for the Nebbiolo plants, which never grew particularly well here (Nebbiolo does far better away from the tops of the hills), and replanted the Nebbiolo with Dolcetto (which thrives here) after the 2001 harvest. Luciano believes in planting the most appropriate vine at each particular location, even though Nebbiolo earns far more revenue once bottled. Furthermore, replanting with Dolcetto further improved the quality of the already-excellent Dolcetto.