Sandrone Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d'Alba 2019
Our first experience with Valmaggiore came while we were busting our arses working in fine dining in London (yonks ago). It was a revelation seeing such charm and approachability from Nebbiolo, a variety otherwise known for being tannic and requiring a lot of age. This wine is still charming, with red fruits, florals and spice, but it’s not without the alluring, grippy tannin we love so much. The vineyard is a South-facing amphitheatre in the Roero zone of Piedmont.
Decant a few hours before drinking if you can.
Barolo is a hallowed place. Pure Nebbiolo is grown in small parcels expressing the many varied soils, climates and aspects of this hilly part of Northern Italy. It’s a place where staunch, uncompromising wines have been made in traditional styles by generations of the same families. Luciano Sandrone didn’t grow up in one of these families, and put his life savings into buying a tiny patch of Barolo (in Cannubi Boschis) in 1978. The first wines he produced were quickly celebrated in the States for being more accessible, sleek and modern than their counterparts. Now an icon, Sandrone successfully straddles a traditional and modern approach in the production of Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera.