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It's happened again: the supply of wine that we were formerly able to buy in satisfying quantities has now become very limited. Of course we're happy for Elio Sandri that there's great demand for his magnificent wines, but not so pleased that the Barolo we've just received might be all we'll ever see for those vintages. Speak now...  Jamie Wolff

Sandri, Elio (Cascina Disa) 2012 Barolo Monforte

Sandri has decided to call this wine "Monforte", rather than by the sub-zone of Perno. But nothing else has changed, and he made great wine in 2012 - rich and ripe but energetic and lifted, with very fine tannins, and with no signs of heat. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Sandri, Elio (Cascina Disa) 2011 Barolo Riserva

A very fine and very complete wine. Balanced, savory, with super-elegant tannins, this needs some real time in the cellar. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Sandri, Elio 2015 Langhe Nebbiolo

When the weather has taken on that autumnal cast and it’s time for heartier fare, brasato al Barolo is in order. And while getting to sell rare wines allows one to drink a king (more accurately, some minor grandee), braising a tough hunk of meat in a $50+ wine doesn’t quite fit in the retail budget. So why not move down the food chain, so to speak, and utilize a less exalted wine? And if there’s a bit left over, why not, give it a taste? Garnet robe. Violets, game, and rose petals on the nose with black cherry and balsam notes. The midweight palate offers a fine tension between red and black fruits, pungent earth notes, and a sapid underbrush character on a long, fresh, succulent finish framed by ripe, fine-grained tannins. There’s a lot of complexity here for a Langhe Nebbiolo with enough charm to encourage opening while you wait for the Barolo to mature. A fine bottle and good value. Re-buy? The next time I whip up an earthy ragu and pappardelle, this is at the top of my list! Elio Sandri makes fabulous wines (oh, that Dolcetto!) and Cascina Disa should be on every Piemonte lover’s radar. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 30 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Sandri, Elio (Cascina Disa) 2015 Dolcetto d'Alba

Last May we tried a ton of Dolcetto in the company of two distinguished tasters who kept saying they didn’t like Dolcetto, which tends to put a damper on the experience. Sandri’s, however, made them sit up and take notice, so I give them credit for staying alert and flexible enough to change their minds. It’s bracingly juicy with wild brambly fruit that’s balanced with savoury herbs and chalky stone. Medium-bodied, very lively and lifted, it’s long and complete. I happen to like Dolcetto, but if they were all half as good as this one I might say I love it. Jamie Wolff


Since the Fall cooking around my house is Piemonte-centric, I would be remiss for not including Cascina Disa's wines in my top choices for autumnal wines. Elio Sandri makes fabulous reds in Monforte d’Alba (Perno), which offer sophistication (though not flashiness) and also express terroir and Langhe soul beautifully. The 2015 Dolcetto is dark-fruited with ripe aromas of violets, blackberry, black cherry, plum, and pencil lead. The supple, but racy palate offers more dark fruit flavors over well-knit tannins and a succulent, buoyant finish. Fabulous with salumi, smashing with a cheese plate after dinner. This has a fine ratio of generous fruit to structure to terroir detail without any of the heat or excess that sometimes characterizes the vintage. I’m regularly impressed by the wines from Elio Sandri and can say without hesitation that he is a grower to watch. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 28 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic