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"The single-vineyard 2009 Barolo Cannubi Boschis opens with intense focus and sharpness. Beyond its dark color and bold appearance is a stunning embroidery of delicate floral and wild berry aromas. It’s easy to recognize each distinct layer: licorice, tar, pressed violets, dried mint, white truffle and wet earth. Silky tannins, long and fine, give the wine structure and longevity. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030." 
96+ Points Wine Advocate

"This rich Barolo shows ripe plum and prune, forest floor and truffle, layered with well-integrated oak, roasted coffee bean, chocolate and licorice. Reflecting the forward character of the vintage, it has very ripe, refined tannins and is already enjoyable." 
94 Points Wine Enthusiast

"Sandrone owns 4.7 acres in Cannubi Boschis, a south-southeast-facing bowl that catches the morning sun near the northern end of the Cannubi cru. The terroir allowed for the optimal expression of Sandrone's style, a supple, modern wine with powerful mineral tension underneath. This is dressed for a night on the town, with creamy black tannins and anise galore. Rather than feeling pushed, it feels balanced, the richness tightly framed by spice and lasting earthy blackness. Built for the cellar."  
94 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine

"An exotic, compelling wine, the 2009 Barolo Cannubi Boschis bursts from the glass with juicy dark plums, cherries, licorice, incense and spices. The 2009 is rich, round and enveloping from start to finish. With time in the glass, the wine's minerality becomes more apparent. The Cannubi Boschis is quite a bit richer and deeper than Le Vigne, with broader shoulders and more overall stuffing. Drinking window: 2016 - 2027" 
92 Points Vinous (Antonio Galloni)

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The Story

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.

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Wine Information

The 2009 vintage will be remembered for the unusually heavy winter snowfall.  Combined with a fairly wet early spring, this restored the ground water supply, which was low after several dry seasons. After April 30 the weather returned to normal and the germination was uneventful and even, thanks to little rain in May and above-average temperatures.  The summer was characterized by low rainfall and periods of above-average heat. The vines had a regular linear development in all phenological aspects. Good climatic conditions accompanied the end of the growing season and brought the grapes to optimum ripeness.

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Dark red color with hints of purple. Fat ripe black cherries on the nose, plush and forward with hints of vanilla, spices and clove. In the mouth, the fruit is forward and ripe, almost but not quite jammy, kept in harmony by the subtle acidity. It has good attack on the palate, and the mouthfeel is creamy, chocolately and soft with menthol notes. This wine shows the warm Cannubi Boschis terroir to great advantage. The tannins are very sweet and long and are beginning to smooth out and integrate.

Finish is long and sweet with oak and spice notes over the black cherries and black fruits.

Evolution of the vintage 2009

The 2009 agricultural campaign began with a winter distinguished by heavy snowfalls and a rainy early spring, guaranteeing excellent soil water reserves, averting any water stress-related problems which could have occurred due to the almost total lack of rain and the intense heat during the summer months, especially during the second half of August.

A rainy April combined with mild temperatures to contribute to the appearance of slight symptoms of downy mildew, fortunately staying in a scale which could have compromised the vintage, because the month of May was dry and ventilated.

The phenological development of the vine began late, but it recovered immediately, resulting almost everywhere in the harvest being brought forward.

From a wine-making point of view, this situation certainly offered good potential for a vintage which could prove to be among the very best of recent years.

The general pattern seen in the 2009 vintage demands giving serious consideration to the vineyard. In fact, wherever vineyard management and planting decisions were shown to be correct, the quality of the product proved to be higher. The use of appropriate, timely vineyard management techniques catered for higher quality production, underlining and increasing the difference between the vineyard management plans failing to see the influence of the climate and the development of the vine.

Harvest took place from October 8th until 14th.

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