2014 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Aleste
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale: $94.94 (was: $119.94)*
As one of Barolo’s benchmark producers, Luciano Sandrone has always had a strongly individual approach, somewhere in between the traditional and the modern, but most agree that Sandrone’s “wines are widely recognized as icons and collectibles” (Galloni). Compared stylistically to the likes of Leroy and Dugat in Burgundy, Sandrone’s wines are singular expressions of Barolo, and their classic Cannubi Boschis is a perfect place to see why. Now renamed ‘Aleste’ after Sandrone’s grandchildren, this producer “built their reputation with the Barolo Cannubi Boschis” (Vinous) and it is a consistent stunner. The legendary south-facing amphitheatre produces elegant but ageworthy Barolo, and it is very much associated with the Sandrone name. As a result this is a rare price for this bottling, the lowest of any vintage on the market, and “a terrific example of the vintage at its best” (Vinous).
“Consistently brilliant” since his first vintage in 1978 (Galloni), Sandrone has continued to evolve, experimenting with clonal selections and keeping yields less than half the required amount, especially important in a vintage with three hail storms near harvest that knocked out a quarter of the harvest. Nevertheless “the best 2014 Barolos are thrilling” (Vinous) and Sandrone’s 95pt ‘Aleste’ from Cannubi Boschis certainly outperformed, so stock up now at this rarely seen price!
95 points, Wine Enthusiast: "Dried rose, blue flower, aromatic herb, wild berry and a whiff of pipe tobacco are just some of the aromas you'll find on this stunning red. It's elegant and structured, delivering raspberry compote, crushed strawberry, cinnamon and star anise framed in bright acidity and firm fine-grained tannins. It has fantastic tension and energy, and promises to age well for years."
94 points, Wine Spectator: "The cherry and strawberry aromas are tinged by hay and tobacco notes. On the palate, the core of fruit is joined by a chorus of herb, tobacco and underbrush flavors. Aggressively tannic now, but well-proportioned and long."
*Offer publication date October 29, 2020. Pricing and availability subject to change.