2009 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Collection 2-Pack
 
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Robert Parker's 2009 Barolo Honor Roll
Wine Score Price
Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis 96+ $200
Clerico Barolo Bricotto Bussia 96 $430
Conterno Barolo Romirasco 96 $245
Gaja Conteisa 96 $260
Sandrone Barolo le Vigne 95 $175
Giacosa Barolo le Rocche del Falletto 95 $300
Giacosa Barolo Falletto 94 $205
2009 Sandrone Barolo 95-96pt Collection: Parker's #1 Barolo of the Year

In the 1989 and 1990 vintages, Luciano Sandrone stunned collectors when Robert Parker published back-to-back 96- and 97-point reviews, describing Sandrone's Barolo as "a deeply layered, sensual Barolo [that] opens with captivating aromatics that meld into expressive fruit that continues to blossom on the palate in a stunning display of class and elegance."

Those reviews would catapult Sandrone into the critical stratosphere, suddenly breathing the same rarefied air as Château Lafite, Pétrus and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.

But unlike many winegrowers whose heads swell with each 96-point Parker score, while appreciative of the accolades, Luciano Sandrone returned to his world-class vines — to the white tufa of Conterni, the calcaire of Cannubi Boschis, and the red tufa of Cerretta — each year refining and redefining his winegrowing style. As much as any of Barolo's producers, Sandrone straddles the line between modernism and traditionalism, pushing the envelope on ripeness in the vines, while nursing mesmerizing pine-needle complexity out of each Nebbiolo cluster.

In the unusually warm 2009 growing season — a vintage in which capricious Nebbiolo behaved almost like Burgundian Pinot Noir, coasting to the October finish line with high natural sugars and supple acidity — Luciano Sandrone turned out two of his finest and highest-scoring single-vineyard Barolos since 1989.

The 2009 Sandrone Barolo "Cannubi Boschis" was Robert Parker's #1 Barolo of the Year, earning 96+ points and a rave Wine Advocate review. Brilliant deep-red to the rim, infused with sumptuous aromas of black cherry, anise, and mint, tinged with sweet herbs and balsamic. Rich and tightly wound for the vintage, filled with a luscious mix of red fruits, pine needles, dried flowers, and violets, showing remarkable density and compactness, finishing with superb persistence. Drink now if you're half out of your mind, or do as The Wine Advocate suggests and lay this herculean Barolo down until 2030!

The 2009 Barolo "Le Vigne" is a gentle monster. Deep red to the edge, infused with mouthwatering aromas of crushed black fruits, violets, and licorice, tinged with chocolate. Far more open and accessible than the "Cannubi Boschis," the attack is rich and dense, filled with a sweet compote of red and black fruits. Velour-like in texture, seemingly ready to drink — until you spend three hours with the 2009 "Le Vigne" in oversized Riedel. By the end of the evening, this bottle was still coming on, still peeling away fine layers of red-fruit minerality, finishing with sturdy, though wonderfully supple, tannin backbone. 95 points from The Wine Advocate.



Tasting Notes

2009 Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis
"The single-vineyard 2009 Barolo Cannubi Boschis opens with intense focus and sharpness. Beyond its dark color and bold appearance is a stunning embroidery of delicate floral and wild berry aromas. It's easy to recognize each distinct layer: licorice, tar, pressed violets, dried mint, white truffle and wet earth. Silky tannins, long and fine, give the wine structure and longevity. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030."
96+ points -- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

"The 2009 Sandrone Barolo "Cannubi Boschis" was Robert Parker's #1 Barolo of the Year, earning 96+ points and a rave Wine Advocate review. Brilliant deep-red to the rim, infused with sumptuous aromas of black cherry, anise, and mint, tinged with sweet herbs and balsamic. Rich and tightly wound for the vintage, filled with a luscious mix of red fruits, pine needles, dried flowers, and violets, showing remarkable density and compactness, finishing with superb persistence."
-- WineAccess Travel Log

2009 Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne
"The 2009 Barolo Le Vigne shows class and pedigree with bright fruit tones carefully wrapped within the wine's elegant texture. The purity and the intensity of the wine are exceptional, especially when compared to other Barolos from this vintage. The bouquet is polished and long, with pristine accents of spice, licorice and anise seed. Made with fruit sourced from various parcels, this wine speaks with a strong and confident tone. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028."
95 points -- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

"The 2009 Barolo "Le Vigne" is a gentle monster. Deep red to the edge, infused with mouthwatering aromas of crushed black fruits, violets, and licorice, tinged with chocolate. Far more open and accessible than the "Cannubi Boschis," the attack is rich and dense, filled with a sweet compote of red and black fruits. Velour-like in texture, seemingly ready to drink — until you spend three hours with the 2009 "Le Vigne" in oversized Riedel. By the end of the evening, this bottle was still coming on, still peeling away fine layers of red-fruit minerality, finishing with sturdy, though wonderfully supple, tannin backbone"
-- WineAccess Travel Log


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