The Luciano Sandrone 2012 Barolo le Vigne shows the trademark ripeness that I so often identify in this historic product. The bouquet is round and plush with thick layers of dark cherry marmalade, blackberry preserves and dark currant. Beyond those apparent fruit aromas, Le Vigne offers dark spice and licorice with a beautiful menthol signature on the finish. The wine's natural structure is padded by soft tannins and lush fruit consistency. In all, this important wine is less vibrant and distinctive compared to other excellent vintages such as 2008 and 2010.
Cantina Tasting Notes
The differing terroirs of the Le Vigne gave a more backward and less evolved 2012 wine, with tight red and black fruits in the somewhat reticent nose, surrounded by leather, shades of truffle and nice minerality. In the mouth, the tannins are more pronounced in relation to its brother, with more black fruit character coming through at the mid-palate, accompanied by cola, licorice, balsamic and spice notes. There is excellent acidity, freshness and balanced power, but this will require 8-10 years of age to reach its drinking peak. The tannins are dry and long in the finish, with graphite and tobacco.
Vineyard Baudana, Merli, Vignane, Villero
The 2012 season recalls 2014, late budding, late harvest. The skins of this vintage are somewhat thinner, giving less intensity of color to the wines, but the Barolo show great promise for medium-term aging. This is a vintage of delicate structure, elegance and harmony.
Spring started out cool and wet in March and April, and while there was no shortage of rain in May (55mm on average), temperatures rose considerably. The abundance of water combined with high temperatures accelerated vegetative growth, producing a more balanced situation than had been seen at bud break. June also began with wet weather, and and as flowering was taking place at the same time this reduced berry set, resulting in a smaller average number of berries per cluster. This was not a concern however, and in certain cases proved to be an advantage, as it led to less green harvesting required, and helped in the prevention of diseases which take hold more easily in compact clusters. From the end of June, summer was marked by medium-high temperatures, which reached their peak in the second half of August (with maximums of 38C), and little rain. Nevertheless, no water stress issues were reported due to the abundant reserves which had been built up during winter and spring.
Vinification Each lot was vinified separately. After destemming and light crushing, must is "sealed" with CO2 for gentle warm maceration of approximately a day. Alcoholic fermentation begins about 24-36 hours later from native wild yeasts only.Gentle maceration in upright open-top steel tanks for the first 12-14 days of the alcoholic fermentation.
Maceration: Gentle maceration in upright open-top steel tanks for the first 15 days of the alcoholic fermentation. Malo-lactic Fermentation: Immediately after alcoholic fermentation in French oak casks with a capacity of 500l (tonneaux), 25% new. Alcoholic Fermentation: 18 days in steel Aging: 26 months, in the same barrels where malolactic fermentation took place, followed by 15 months in the bottle Blending: During summer 2014, once the potential of every single batch of wine was certain. Bottling date: June 2015 Drink from: 2022 Drink to: 2038
Production Bottles: 18000 Magnums: 800 Double Magnums :70
Analytical parameters Alcohol content: 14%
Con questo prodotto sono suggeriti anche I prodotti:
RIEDEL Sommeliers, BURGUNDY GRAND CRU, 248 mm/h, 1° Scelta
RIEDEL Decanter, Cornetto Single, 1200 ccm, 320 mm, 1° Scelta
RIEDEL Superleggero, BURGUNDY GRAND CRU, 276 mm/h, 1° Scelta