About ten producers make wine in the Valmaggiore cru in Roero, and these wines get better each year I return to taste them. The 2017 Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore is particularly beautiful, thanks to ideal growing conditions during that year. The Sandrone family counts 3.5 hectares in this location. As an alternative to Barolo, this wine presents a soft and graceful side of Nebbiolo with delicate fruit nuances and distinct mineral etchings. Indeed, the wine is almost salty in taste. The sandy soils of Valmaggiore contribute to shaping the wine’s lively ruby appearance and those tangy wild berry aromas. This wine is only aged in neutral oak. Drink now or cellar for 15 years.
2019 Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo d’Alba – Valmaggiore
$59.95 per bottle / 6 bottles per case. Mid October Delivery
93 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
“The Luciano Sandrone 2019 Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore is a beautiful expression of this mighty red grape from the north of Italy. The Valmaggiore vineyard in Roero offers a spicy and accessible interpretation with plenty of wild cherry and blue flower. This vintage also offers pretty layer of crushed white peppercorn. You get terrific complexity and a very food-friendly ensemble at a competitive price.”
The Valmaggiore Vineyard in Roero, with an over 50% incline in certain parts, is planted to 8,000 vines per hectare and the soil is made up completely of pure sand and fossilised crustaceans, this imparts a remarkably aromatic and graceful expression to the Nebbiolo.