Founded in 1978, the Sandrone winery has been synonymous with grand Barolo ever since.  Now run by brothers Luciano and his younger, winemaking brother Luca,  the family farms approximately 27 hectares of vineyards, about 75% of which are owned.  Since 2001, Sandrone has focused on creating 5 distinct wines;  two Barolo, a Nebbolo d’Alba, a Barbera and a Dolcetto.  Today’s article is a CellarNote on the 1996 Barolo Cannubi Boschis.

The Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis is a single-cru wine made from vines grown in a specific sub-section of the Cannubi vineyard. 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.  Cannubi 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 Cannubi is near the northern end of the hill. 

The 1996 Boschis was decanted for 90 minutes before being taken to a local trattoria.  A noticeable sediment – thick, coffee grind like matter, was removed from the wine.  In the glass, the wine is a deep crimson red. Aromas indeed are profound and classic.  Ripe cherry, exotic spice, flowers, chestnut and earth are present in harmony.  

~ Luciano Sandrone ~

On the palate, the wine is rich and warm with a large core of full bodied cherry fruit that is laced with mulch, roasted nuts and leather.  It’s tannins are substantially integrated and are no longer astringent, but now caressing and ripe. Deftly balanced, the juicy acids seem to compel a second and third sip.  Toward the end of dinner, some cheese plumped the frame of the wine further and a noticeable floral “lift” was detected on the nose.  This is a seriously intellectual wine and wears the Cannubi name proudly.  94 points.  About $75 upon release. 

~ 1996 Sandrone Cannubi Boschis Barolo ~

Cin Cin!

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