Luciano Sandrone Barbera d'Alba 2018
|Region||Italy, Piedmont, Barbera d'Alba|
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.
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.
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.