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Luciano Sandrone Barbera d'Alba 2018
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Luciano Sandrone Barbera d'Alba 2018

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750ml
$45.99
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Category Red Wine
Varietal
Region Italy, Piedmont, Barbera d'Alba
Brand Luciano Sandrone
Alcohol/vol 14%
The cool, long growing season naturally favors the Nebbiolo grape but Barbera, properly cared for, can give wines of precise and focused expression, showing both austerity and generosity. 2018 was such a vintage. The heat never really came until September, and what might have been an angular, shrill Barbera received a perfect dose of sunshine and heat, bringing out the natural generosity of the fruit by showing its core of dark plummy fruits, laced with raspberry and mineral notes. The nose gives an impression of self-possessed, compact structure, which opens with air, giving more of the black plum aromas so characteristic of this wine. With coaxing, the nose reveals more black and red fruits, vanilla and spicy notes. On the palate, the characteristic freshness is front and center, with a core a fruit and sweet tannins to give balance and length. The finish is very fresh, with bright bursts of fruit and acid.
Wine Advocate
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The Luciano Sandrone 2018 Barbera d'Alba is a wine of remarkable smoothness and integration. There are absolutely no sharp edges here, as this Barbera is polished and buffed over twice for good measure. It is packed tight with luscious dark fruit and blackberry preserves. That dark core is framed by light touches of Indian spice, campfire ash and truffle. There is a note of cherry sweetness on the close, but it is beautifully softened by all that rich intensity. If you are a fan of the Barbera grape, let me draw your attention to this tremendous value.

Monica Larner, July 23, 2020
Jeb Dunnuck
  • jd89

The 2018 Dolcetto from Sandrone is a little gem of a wine that has ample black and blue fruits as well as medium-bodied richness, a lively, fresh mouthfeel, subtle tannins, and complex notes of violets, scorched earth, and Asian spices. It's not a blockbuster by any means and plays in the more focused, leaner style, but it's beautifully balanced and incredibly well done. It's going to drink nicely for 2-4 years.

March 23, 2020
Wine Spectator
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Aromas of blackberry, black cherry and violet are joined by light spice accents. A crisp apple note emerges as this firms up. Drink now. 500 cases imported.

Bruce Sanderson, 2019