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Italy

Of the many wine producing regions of Italy, we concentrate principally on two - Tuscany and Piedmont - where arguably the finest wines are made. Tuscany is the home of Sangiovese - which finds its greatest expression in the wines of Montalcino - while Piedmont is the home of Nebbiolo - the grape variety of Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, we have wines from Friuli in the far northeast, close to the border with Slovenia, from the Veneto (particularly famous for the sparkling wines made from Prosecco) and from Umbria, where quality can be very fine, while price remains remarkably reasonable.

Wine production in Italy has undergone an extraordinarily rapid period of change over the last 20 to 30 years. Gone is the obsession, born at least in part from the impoverishment of the post-War years, for producing the maximum possible volume from the vineyards, which resulted in the production of vast quantities of dilute, under-ripe and poorly made wines. The generation of the increasingly affluent decades of the 1970s and 1980s, which has now taken control of family vineyards, has very different ideas. The transparency of the global market, and the competition for the attention of wine drinkers has brought in its wake the realisation that wine, however cheap, will not sell if the quality is not there. Now we have a generation of Italian producers making wines of the highest quality at all levels of price.




Sandrone

Luciano Sandrone began as a cellar master, and in the late 1970s had the opportunity of buying some vineyard land in the Cannubi - the heart of Barolo.  His first vintage of his own wine was 1978.  Since then he has worked with his brother Luca to produce wines which have established his reputation as one of the foremost producers of the region.  A new winery was built in 1998, but the emphasis remains always on the vineyard work.  The Sandrone wines receive rave reviews from the wine press - and rightly so.

 
Sandrone

Red

 
 
DRINK DATE
UNITS/CASE
IN-BOND
INCL. VAT 
2014 Nebbiolo d'Alba, Valmaggiore, Sandrone x 6
 2017-2022
 6 Bottles
£120.00
£159.00
A wonderfully rich style of Nebbiolo, bursting with ripe dark fruit character. Fine-grained and complex, this is exceptionally good value. 
2014 Barolo Le Vigne, Sandrone Magnum x 1
 2019-2026
 1 Magnum
£129.00
£155.20
 
2014 Barolo Aleste, Sandrone x 6
 2019-2028
 6 Bottles
£400.00
£495.60
 
2014 Barolo Aleste, Sandrone Double Magnum x 1
 2019-2028
 1 Double Magnum
£285.00
£352.40
 
2015 Nebbiolo d'Alba, Valmaggiore, Sandrone x 6
 2018-2023
 6 Bottles
£132.50
£174.00
 
2016 Nebbiolo d'Alba, Valmaggiore, Sandrone x 6
 2019-2024
 6 Bottles
£134.50
£177.00
 

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