Luciano Sandrone Barolo "Le Vigne" 2015
Sandrone should be spelled "SandrOOOOOHHHHHHne" because it has brought OH so many good times. Their Cannubi Boschis brought Luciano Sandrone's winery to fame, which is now a wine called "Aleste", but being so rooted in tradition it is their "Le Vigne" that really showcases their style. Le Vigne honors the blending tradition of Barolo. It is blended with grapes from Castiglione, Novello, Barolo, and Serralunga. Each commune adds its own piece to the symphony. Castiglione imparts fragrance, Novello and Barolo elegance, and Serralunga the backbone. Together they make a harmonious medley that comprises Le Vigne. To me, the telltale character from Sandrone is a dried dark cherry element that combines with dried roses, and a long, fresh finish. The 2015 is an elegant wine that will be a great part of the meal now, but Sandrone has it's history of age-worthiness which I have no doubt will continue for another decade.