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Sandrone's "Truly Spectacular" 2013 Barolo Releases - Limited Release, Nearly Here - 01/18/2018 - Italy

Two of a remarkable vintage's most exciting wines are now available. Luciano and Barbara Sandrone always make Baroli that collectors treasure and it was no surprise that they made their mark with massive press on their 2013s. Galloni put them at the top of the class with 98 and 97+ marks and superlatives to spare, while Wine Advocate followed up with nearly equal acclaim. And the wines are just stunning. Simply put, they are towering wines from a world-class producer that exemplify a terrific vintage. In any other region this combination would be tremendously more expensive. But that's just one of the joys that this pair of Baroli can offer. Make sure to grab your allocation while available.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2013 Luciano Sandrone "Aleste" (formerly"Cannubi Boschis") Barolo 97 -24 $129.99 View
2013 Luciano Sandrone "Le Vigne" Barolo 98 -48 $129.99 View

2013 Luciano Sandrone "Aleste" (formerly"Cannubi Boschis") Barolo - -24 available ($129.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Formerly known as Barolo Cannubi Boschis (the last vintage by that name was 2012), the 2013 Barolo Aleste has been renamed to honor the youngest generation of the Sandrone family, Alessia and Stefano. The wine name Aleste takes the first three letters from each grandchild's name. The move represents the culmination of more than 50 harvests completed by this legendary winemaker and his desire to pass on the torch. His grandchildren are at different points in their respective viticulture and enology university studies. Now under a different name, the wine obviously shows the same delicate floral nuances that you get with this wine (fruit from Cannubi is always harvested first). This is a complete and exciting wine with delicate notes of wild berry and smoke backed by licorice and blue flower. (ML)" (08/2017)

97 points Vinous: "The 2013 Barolo Aleste is a wine of striking purity and nuance. It is also one of the most finessed, vivid young Barolos I have ever tasted from Sandrone. The translucence of Nebbiolo comes through loud and clear. Freshly cut flowers, mint and finely cut fruit are some of the signatures. This wine has developed beautifully in recent vintages as the oak influence is less than it was just a few years ago. Beams of tannin and bright, salivating acidity add finesse to this translucent, exceptional Barolo. Aleste is the new name Sandrone is using for the Barolo formerly known as Cannubi Boschis. 97+ (AG)" (11/2016)

2013 Luciano Sandrone "Le Vigne" Barolo - -48 available ($129.99)

98 points Vinous: "Sandrone's 2013 Barolo Le Vigne is a real stunner. Powerful, ample and deep, the 2013 exudes class from start to finish. The addition of Serralunga fruit in the blend has added depth and structure in all of the wine's dimensions. Dark red cherry, plum, mint, rose petal, tar and licorice build into the huge, voluptuous finish. Readers who can find the 2013 should not hesitate, as it is outrageously beautiful and also one of the clear wines of the vintage. Vineyard sites are Baudana, Villero, Vignane and Merli. (AG)" (11/2016)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Barolo le Vigne is another stellar achievement from Luciano Sandrone and his family. Since 2010, the blend for this wine has been tweaked just a bit to include more fruit from the Baudana cru in Serralunga d'Alba. This wine shows a ripe and succulent mouthfeel with ample richness and power that drives the wine smoothly over the palate. These darker qualities can be attributed to the Baudana fruit that is known for power and heft. Fruit from the Villero cru in Castiglione Falletto offers delicate perfumes and ethereal elegance. This vineyard site is home to loose, sandy soils. The combination of these two extremes is simply delightful. (ML) 96+" (08/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A taut, racy style, this boasts cherry, strawberry, licorice and leather flavors, with hints of mineral, iron, spice and underbrush. Remains vibrant on the finish, which stretches out. The fruit comes back at the end. Best from 2022 through 2042. (BS)" (12/2017)

91 points Decanter: "An admirable vintage for this classic blend. Dense cherry fruit on the nose, and a broad, fleshy palate which is full-bodied but compact, with vigour, balance, and persistence. (SB)"