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"Sandrone's 2010 Barolo Le Vigne is one of the wines of the vintage, hands down. Rich, layered and utterly impeccable, the Le Vigne boasts stunning depth and richness. This is the second year in which Le Vigne includes fruit from Baudana which gives the wine a sense of volume and pure breadth it has never had before. Dried rose petal, tar, mint, wild flowers and cinnamon flow through to the multi-dimensional finish. The 2010 is a blend of fruit from Vignane and Merli, two historic sites for Le Vigne, while Cerretta and Conterni have been replaced by Baudana, a site in Serralunga that confers a level of depth, darkness and masculinity that has not been present in the past. Villero is the next vineyard that will appear in Le Vigne, starting in 2011. In the meantime, readers will not want to miss the 2010 Barolo Le Vigne, an epic achievement from the Sandrone family." 
100 Points Vinous
 

"(this bottling now includes fruit from Baudana, Villero, Vignane and Merli, the last from rented vines; Sandrone originally made Le Vigne from rented vines but now makes it from small parcels of old vines in his own vineyards): Good deep red. Perfumed aromas of raspberry, licorice, dried flowers and herbs. Silky on entry, then rich but tight in the middle, with a distinctly darker fruit character than the Cannubi Boschis. Very complex, energetic wine with fresh acidity, serious tannins and a sappy saline quality on the very long finish. A beauty in the making." 
94+ Points International Wine Cellar
 

"The 2010 Barolo Le Vigne is composed from an assembly of fruit sourced from the townships of Barolo, Novello and Serralunga d’Alba. It reflects Barolo tradition in which, years ago, this noble wine was made from a wide assembly of fruit instead of single cru sites (as is the custom today). Bright cherry fruit, blackberry and creme de cassis segue to profound layers of licorice, spice, cola and anisette. It feels strong and tonic in the mouth with a pleasingly velveteen texture and a fresh dose of zesty acidity. Drink: 2017-2030." 
96 Points Wine Advocate
 

"A rich version, boasting floral, macerated cherry, plum, menthol and tobacco flavors. The tannins are dense, but this remains vibrant and elegant overall, finishing with spice and earth notes. Exhibits excellent harmony and length." 
94 Points Wine Spectator
 

"Luciano Sandrone blends Le Vigne from crus he farms and, mostly, owns.  In this vintage, he selected fruit from Baudana, Merli and Vignane, aging the wien in 500-liter French tonneaux, 20-25 percent new.  His Barolo can be massive, and Le Vigne is boldly ripe and black-fruited in 2010, but also poised and balanced in its size.  The tannins are intense, coating the mouth with their powerful earthiness, with the rootiness of a parsnip pulled straight from the ground.  The fruit closes in over the tannins, so they don't feel all the gruff.  The lasting impression is elegant and classical, what the wine will become in ten years."
94 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine

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Barolo Le Vigne is often a dark and impenetrable wine in its youth. 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.

Le Vigne is a wine created from four different Nebbiolo vineyards, each of which brings its own contribution. This union generates an exceptionally complex wine that is round and harmonious on the palate, with fruity and spicy notes, and this approach of blending together plots is in fact the traditional one in Barolo.

 

The first vineyard, Vignane, is situated in the historical part of the Barolo appellation and shares many characteristics with Cannubi but does not possess the latter's aromatic complexity.  The wines show softness and elegance, and a distinct mid-palate mouthfeel that enhances the sense of richness when combined with other, more austere grapes.  The second vineyard, Merli, is located in the Novello part of the appellation, with the Sandrone section in a south-southwest facing bowl that captures the afternoon light perfectly.  The wines made from here are earthy and robust but with good aromatic complexity. The third vineyard, Baudana, is located in Serralunga d'Alba. The 2011 vintage marks the first time that Luciano Sandrone has included fruit from a fourth vineyard, Villero, a 3.7 acre plot in Castiglione Falletto, which they recently acquired via a long-term lease.

 

Each 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 9-15 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 1,300 cases are produced in a typical vintage.

 

Ancient art. Le Vigne Barolo interprets the ancient handed-down wisdom and tradition of Langhe and Barolo of assembling the Nebbiolo grapes from various vineyards. We interpret this historic practice by working only with indigenous yeasts and by keeping the grapes of each vineyard separated during the fermentation and wood ageing, rather than combining them during fermentation.

A perfect diagonal. We meticulously selected four vineyards so as to bring out all the characteristics of the Barolo area. The vineyards of Baudana in Serralunga d'Alba, Villero in Castiglione Falletto, Vignane in Barolo and Merli in Novello form a perfect diagonal across the area which encompasses different terrains: light and sandy, more compact and deep, and all at different altitudes and exposures.

Every year is a new discovery.Harvested, vinified and aged separately, only the best lots are mixed together during the assemblage so as to express the uniqueness of the vineyards and enhance the particularities of each vintage.

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The year 2010, like the previous year, was marked by heavy precipitation in winter and spring. The seasonal pattern was in the normal range and never too hot, which fostered a long growing season with a slightly late maturation. Green pruning and thinning were absolutely necessary druing this vintage to achieve excellent results. Harvest took place between October 8 and October 17.

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Le Vigne had a breakout year in 2010, with the first addition of the Baudana fruit from Serralunga that gave power and a bottomless foundation to this classic “assemblaggio.” The nose of this wine is exceptionally complex and layered, with intermingling of black fruits, different dark flowers, spices, wood notes and garrigue, mushroom and tar. In the mouth, the wine is still closed and tight, but with air and patience multi- dimensional fruits and flowers emerge, a sweet tannin that is almost silky in its character and bright freshness. The finish goes on and on, showing forest floor and mineral notes. Luciano considers this among his finest efforts for Le Vigne.

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 7th until 25th.

One of the standout wines from the classic 2010 Piemonte vintage, this Barolo Le Vigne shows an expressive, seamless, and deeply perfumed profile. Layers of red and blue fruits cavort with balsamic herbs, exotic spices, crushed rose petals, licorice, warm loam and a touch of saddle leather in this silky, harmonious wine. Lush yet vibrant, this wine balances its copious dry extract with electric acidity; fine-grained, polished tannins linger on the mineral-laden, smoky finish that feels almost endless. Just entering its drinking window, this must-have Barolo will drink for decades to come. Luciano Sandrone crafts its Barolo Le Vigne as a traditional cuvée, choosing grapes from the vineyards of Baudana in Castiglione Falletto, Villero in Barolo, and Vignane and Novelo in Merli. The grapes ferment in open steel tanks, and the wine ages in 500-liter oak casks, one-quarter new. Sandrone crafts fewer than 2,000 cases of this spellbinding Barolo a year.

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Dark garnet red. Opulent nose with multi-layered character, balmy spices, cherry stone and prunes. On the palate well-structured fine tannins, good balance and excellent length.
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Piedmont, Piedmont

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