SANDRONE BAROLO 'VITE TALIN' 2013

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Antonio Galloni
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Monica Larner
SKU
LSVT201310 UCAU
$850.00 Per item
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Just when we thought Luciano Sandrone, a Barolo icon of over 50 vintages (with 40+ under the Sandrone label) might be ready to kick back and put his feet up, he has astounded us—and the rest of the wine world—with the release of a new wine that has the potential to redefine his eponymous Estate. Of course we are talking about the Vite Talin, a wine that may have created a world first by getting two 100-point reviews from key critics on its first release. So what’s the story? Well, it turns out to be a long one—beginning in 1987 when Luciano noticed one vine in a rented plot of his in Le Coste, Barolo, which was behaving in a very surprising manner. This vine was producing much smaller bunches and berries than the plants around it, and was also growing leaves with a different morphology. Growers have long associated smaller berries and bunches with higher quality (remember that Nebbiolo normally has the opposite problem) and so Luciano was very interested in what he had stumbled upon. He first took cuttings and planted the vine in several different spots to see if it behaved the same way. It did, and so in 1991, Luciano and his brother (vineyard manager Luca Sandrone) began planting out cuttings from these vines in two Crus: Drucà and Rivassi. Later, Sandrone also acquired t(more...)
Just when we thought Luciano Sandrone, a Barolo icon of over 50 vintages (with 40+ under the Sandrone label) might be ready to kick back and put his feet up, he has astounded us—and the rest of the wine world—with the release of a new wine that has the potential to redefine his eponymous Estate. Of course we are talking about the Vite Talin, a wine that may have created a world first by getting two 100-point reviews from key critics on its first release. So what’s the story? Well, it turns out to be a long one—beginning in 1987 when Luciano noticed one vine in a rented plot of his in Le Coste, Barolo, which was behaving in a very surprising manner. This vine was producing much smaller bunches and berries than the plants around it, and was also growing leaves with a different morphology. Growers have long associated smaller berries and bunches with higher quality (remember that Nebbiolo normally has the opposite problem) and so Luciano was very interested in what he had stumbled upon. He first took cuttings and planted the vine in several different spots to see if it behaved the same way. It did, and so in 1991, Luciano and his brother (vineyard manager Luca Sandrone) began planting out cuttings from these vines in two Crus: Drucà and Rivassi. Later, Sandrone also acquired t(more...)

Scores & Reviews

100 / 100

Antonio Galloni

An addition to the range, Sandrone's Barolo Riserva is spectacular. The Riserva emerges from a parcel within the Rivassi cru, known as Talin, with heavily virused vines that produce a minuscule crop. For many years I have tasted the Talin Barolo from cask as one of the potential candidates for Le Vigne. During all of that time, Sandrone ultimately decided to sell the entirety of the production off in bulk. Until 2013, when the Sandrones decided to bottle the wine on its own, as a Riserva, with an old-school label that celebrates the Sandrone family's history prior to the founding of the Luciano Sandrone winery. Soaring aromatics meld into a core of intense red fruit in a dense, rich Barolo endowed with extraordinary pedigree. Deep, pliant and bright, the 2013 exudes intensity and pure class. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, raspberry jam, wild flowers and rose petals are some of the signatures, but it is the wine's balance that will leave readers struggling for the right adjectives. The 2013 Riserva is one of the finest young Barolos I have ever tasted here. Readers who can find it should not hesitate, as it is both tremendous and also one of the wines of the vintage. The 2013 was vinified in oak (the other Barolos are fermented in steel) and will see three years in oak; two in the(more...)

100 / 100

Monica Larner

Here it is: the newest creation to emerge from the talented hands of Luciano Sandrone and his family. To be released in 2019, the 2013 Barolo Vite Talin is a wine born from a single vine. They noticed one plant that behaved differently than the others. It produced dark and concentrated fruit. Unlike common Nebbiolo, its leaves showed shallow sinuses between the lobes. Its vigor was different, producing fewer very loose clusters with small berry and seed size. The Sandrone family first noticed this vine in 1987 and named it Talin (a dialect version of the Italian name Natale) after the farmer who originally had the vine. For years, they vinified fruit from this vine separately in order to study its progress. They had a hunch that this mysterious vine was indeed genetically Nebbiolo, and they eventually received confirmation of this from the University of Turin. With this, they earn the right to call this wine Barolo. The massal selection is from Le Coste, and Barolo now results in less than one hectare of vines (6,000 square meters) and less than 2,000 bottles produced per year. This first vintage celebrates the 40th anniversary of the estate (1978-2018). The wine opens to an intense, dark color with extra pulp, power and structure in the mouth. The tannins are soft and rich. The (more...)