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Since the first beginning of his story, Luciano Sandrone has always had a clear philosophy of quality in mind, which has always been fully shared with his wife Mariuccia, his brother Luca and his daughter Barbara. Year after year this philosophy has been refined. Please click on the images to learn more.
An iconic wine. From the very first bottling in 1985, Luciano always believed in the unique and distinctive potential of the Cannubi hill, and that he wanted to express this potential by way of a separate vinification. This bottling pays homage to the richness and elegance of the favored Cannubi site in the heart of the Barolo. The optimal soil and climate conditions, harvest after harvest, have brought forth a wine that has drawn international attention since its first release.
Sandrone's Barolo Cannubi Boschis is grown in a specific sub-section of the Cannubi hill. Cannubi extends north from the village of Barolo and has been planted to Nebbiolo on its south and east exposures for at least a century. It runs approximately southwest-northeast and is entirely inside the commune of Barolo, from which it displays the characteristics of wines from this village: profound aromatic complexity and comparatively softer tannins in relation to vines grown in Monforte or Serralunga. The “Boschis” subzone of the Cannubi (also known, historically, as Monghisolfo) is near the northern end of the hill, and is located directly across the little valley from the Sandrone winery building. The Cannubi Boschis subzone has a particularly good exposure to the south and southeast in a small bowl or “conca” that helps hold the warmth in the early morning. Its soils are sea deposits of calcareous clay, not very deep, with good drainage.
Each lot of the vineyard is vinified separately, and after destemming and light crushing, the must is covered with CO2 for a gentle warm maceration of approximately a day. Alcoholic fermentation begins about 24-36 hours later from native yeasts. A gentle maceration takes place in upright open-top steel tanks for the first 9-10 days of alcoholic fermentation. Immediately after alcoholic fermentation, which takes 28-30 days, malolactic fermentation takes place in 500 liter French oak casks. The wine is aged in these casks for 24 months, followed by 18 months bottle aging. Around 800 cases are produced in a typical vintage.
Barolo Cannubi Boschis – Luciano Sandrone
The story of Luciano Sandrone can be told in a few words. Having realised the American dream, he built his truly exceptional vineyard from scratch, spending the first 17 years producing his wines in ascetic conditions: the "garage" of his city home. Sandrone is considered one of Barolo's first "modernists". He paints a vivid picture:
–In the 1970s Barolo was a very different place than it is now. There was almost zero interest in the region - not here in Italy or abroad. Barolo wines were difficult. No one understood that the ripeness of grapes and smaller crop yields were important factors. Impurities were a problem. I come from the village of La Morra in Barolo, but my parents weren’t in the wine business. I wanted to be a winemaker since I can remember, and still hold true to my vision of realising the full potential of Nebbiolo and Barolo. I worked as a winemaker for other producers until 1990, when my own garage wine stores had grown to such proportions that I dared to take the plunge and start my own wine operation.”
Barolo Cannubi Boschis is the company's only Barolo “cru” produced from grapes grown exclusively in a Langa vineyard and first released for sale in 1985. It is made from Nebbiolo grapes cultivated in a single sub zone situated in the borough of Barolo.
Few Langa vineyards are able to generate a wine with constant character and expression every year, regardless of the seasonal progress. Luciano chose the Cannubi Boschis vineyard to be vinified separately, and this has taken place every year since 1985. This choice led to the attribution to our family of the title of “innovators”, bringing the concept of the “cru” to the Langa district. It is thanks to the quality of this hill, situated in the middle of the Barolo zone, that our Cannubi Boschis continues to live up to expectations year after year.
Vineyard soil: calcareous and clayey structure; not very deep, with sparse sandy layers
Grape varieties: 100% Nebbiolo
Average age of vines: 30 years
Harvest method: hand picked
Winemaking: soft maceration, lasting 7-8 days in steel feermentation about 28 days in French oak barrels
Ageing: 24 months, in the same barrels where malo lactic fermentation took place, followed by 18 months in the bottle
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