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    16
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    1
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

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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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The Barolo Cannubi Boschis from 2010 is a wine that will effortlessly age for 20+ years, rewarding the patient collector for his or her restraint, as these bottles are exceptional delicious and drinkable now. The nose soars from the glass: cherries, raspberries and forest strawberries, all with lift and precision, with floral notes and spice adding complexity and depth. The wine has great fruit and structure in the mouth, and though delicious now, will continue to improve and evolve for another 15+ years in the bottle. The finish is one of length, power and a sense of stillness - the wine just goes on and on, seemingly never reaching the horizon where it ends.

Evolution of the vintage 2010

The significant precipitations of both snow and rain in the winter, replenished the groundwater reserves after the warm 2009 season. The spring showed alternating periods of wet and dry. Bud break was inconsistent depending on exposure and altitude of individual parcels. Moderate warmth began before the flowering which occurred in the normal time frame.

The season continued with weather patterns that we would consider “normal” by historic standards but would be considered “cool” today. This allowed for a long cycle, and the plants never suffered from excess heat. Other than a week of moderate heat at the time of the veraison during the first 10 days of August (which gave a very consistent color change to the red grapes) temperatures never exceeded the norms of a “classic” year.

In 2010, it was essential to manage the crop loads and the vegetative cover at the level of the individual plant. Crop thinning and judicious use of green harvesting were essential. The Nebbiolo plots in the Barolo zone performed spectacularly well, giving fruit of both great structure and delicacy. The long harvest period allowed individual plots to be harvested at the correct time without being rushed.

2010 can be considered a “once in a generation” vintage for its grace and seemingly effortless ability to age. The combination of climactic conditions yields fruit of uncommon maturity and complexity.

Harvest took place from October 8th until 17th.

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