2003 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (in magnum)
"The 2003 Barolo Le Vigne may have a slight edge over the Cannubi Boschis inthis vintage, as the ability to blend fruit from various microclimates was abig advantage. It is a full-bodied, soft-textured Barolo with lively color andplenty of ripe red fruit, menthol and spices. This is an especially fresh,vibrant wine for the vintage, with tannins that are particularly refined. Arecent vertical of Le Vigne back to 1995 found the 1995, 1997 and 1998 drinkingwell and the 1996, 1999, 2000 and 2001 approachable, but still with additionalupside potential. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2015.<br/>(Antonio read more...Galloni - Wine Advocate - Oct-2007) (hide)
International Wine CellarImpressively deep ruby-red color for the vintage. Superripe black fruit, brown spice and tar aromas reminded me of a fresher version of a top Bonneau Chateauneuf. Then sweet and layered in the mouth, with shockingly good ripe acidity for 2003. This boasts a penetrating violet florality I find in very few wines from this hot year. Not yet particularly complex but wonderfully fresh and strong. Sandrone did a second green harvest to remove part of the clusters, then picked slowly during the second w...
SWine Advocate score: 92/100
Vintage ChartRating for Italy-Piedmont: 90 (slightly better than average year)<br/><br/>Drinkability: unpredictable<br/>