Sandrone Wine Dinner @H One, February 19, 2008

Visits: 60



Luciano Sandrone's daughter Barbara says she doesn't know how to make a "short" speech.  Surely enough for someone so long on her passion for art!

Interestingly, when she discusses the 8 vintages introduced that evening, she spoke at the greatest length about 2002.  "It's not an off-vintage."  Absolutely no blame on Mother Nature.  She just explained how they have done the best to craft the best possible wine.  A true servant of Nature.  As Francis Bacon aptly says: "Nature cannot be ordered about, except by obeying her."

The nicely produced booklet says: "The story of a dream come true.  Amidst passion and technology."  Every drop of Sandrone attests to this dictum.  Futile discussing "traditional" vs "modernist" approach.  I think they go for Perfection, no more and no less.  You can fault them only for this, as people complain that Heifetz never plays a wrong note. 


Highlight of the evening was a vertical tasting of 7 vintages of Le Vigne: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004.

1999, 2001 and 2004 stand out as the most classical and most balanced.  1999 has the benefit of age, but 2004 is truly astounding, precocious like a Heifetz, and so Sandronely perfect.  Thanks Mother Nature!


The three most respected Barolo winemakers for Barbara:

  1. Roberto Voerzio
  2. Bruno Giacosa
  3. Borgogno

She also likes Aldo Conterno.  Polite smile at the mention of Angelo Gaja.

Embarassing questions for Barbara:

  • Do you keep up with what Robert Parker or James Suckling have to say about your wine?  Pause … err, they are good in getting the public know more about our wine … when James Suckling declared 2000 to be a perfect year for Piedmont, we were rather surprised …
  • Do you drink Bordeaux? Pause … an embarassing shake of her head.  Well, that's why we need wine critics. 


3 則評論在 Sandrone Wine Dinner @H One, February 19, 2008.

  1. I wanted to join but it's too expensive for me…
    Stunning wines indeed! I had a few of their Nebbiolo dAlba and was already 'very impressed.
    Barbera looks very pretty and friendly too!
    [版主回覆02/23/2008 08:11:00]We went there because of the winemaker.  Connects the wine we drink back to Nature, through the winemaker.  Wine dinners hosted by winemakers are some of the most pleasurable wine experiences for us.


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