Tasted blind. Lacklustre mid ruby with orange tinges (oak?). Hints of dried fruit interwoven with oak. Tight and backward cherry palate loaded with tannins. Plenty of chew and cool fruit on the finish. Tannic but with great appeal. (WS)
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2026
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.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2032