Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Luciano Sandrone Barbera d'Alba, 1997

I tend to think of Barbera as a wine to drink after five to eight years in the bottle. This bottle is approaching 23 years, but it was made by the highly regarded Barolo producer Luciano Sandrone.

Very dark but with some garnet tones. Looks much younger than its years. The bouquet also shows little sign of age--a bit muted but pleasant fruit and oak scents. Coffee, chocolate and black fruits. Deep and concentrated flavors with a Barbera tang on the finish. Elegant and well made but not as much complexity as I expected from a wine of this age.

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