2003 Luciano Sandrone "Le Vigne" Barolo
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2003 Barolo Le Vigne may have a slight edge over the Cannubi Boschis in this vintage, as the ability to blend fruit from various microclimates was a big advantage. It is a full-bodied, soft-textured Barolo with lively color and plenty of ripe red fruit, menthol and spices. This is an especially fresh, vibrant wine for the vintage, with tannins that are particularly refined. A recent vertical of Le Vigne back to 1995 found the 1995, 1997 and 1998 drinking well and the 1996, 1999, 2000 and 2001 approachable, but still with additional upside potential. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Sweet tobacco, dried flowers, dried herbs, licorice, mint and dried cherries meld together in the 2003 Barolo Le Vigne. The tannins have pretty much melted away, giving way to a Barolo that impresses for its superb balance. As is often the case, the Le Vigne is a little bit brighter, floral and more red-toned than the Cannubi Boschis.
Wine & Spirits
Luciano Sandrone blends Le Vigne from four vineyards across the Barolo zone that range from 986 feet to 1,480 feet. Plush and generous with oak flavor, this '03 has concentrated red fruit flavor and a firm mineral character. Sleek and refined as a Ferragamo boot, this should be delicious over the next eight to ten years.
Displays bright berry and truffle on the nose. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a caressing finish. There's just a hint of new wood. Balanced and beautiful. Best after 2009.