Elio Sandri, inbound

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Considering the attention that Elio Sandri's wines have been getting, we are especially thrilled (and somewhat surprised) that we can offer some of his recent releases. Rumor has it that some of the most glamorous and discerning US importers have been calling on Elio, but he is not one to make rapid changes (as he told us a few visits back, "When they're in the vineyard I ask my workers to keep one hand in their pocket so they don't rush things.")

Elio's wines hardly need an introduction to this audience, and this batch is as fine as ever. Quantities are very limited, so we ask that you start with 3 bottles per person of the 2016 Riserva (let me know if you would like more in case lightening strikes). We would be grateful if you include some 2017 Barolo Perno (which I tasted with Elio last April, when it was one of the best 2017s we tried – actually very elegant and focused; it will provide some very pleasing early drinking while you wait for your 2016s to unwind). The wines will arrive this spring.

Here's an attempt at clarifying a somewhat complicated nomenclature: All of the Sandri wines come from his vines in the Disa subzone of the vineyard called Perno. The Sandri farm is called Cascina Disa ("the Disa farmhouse"). There are 3 Barolos: Barolo Perno (as in the 2017 offered here); Barolo Riserva Perno (as in the 2016 offered here); Barolo Perno Riserva Disa (from a small plot of very old vines - so far as I know the 2016 has not been released). Jamie Wolff

 

Sandri, Elio (Cascina Disa) 2020 Barbera d'Alba Superiore

Sandri’s Barbera always shows some of the gravitas and depth that his Nebbiolo-based wines carry so gracefully; the 2020 is made friendly with blackberry fruit, delicate rose petal, and a hint of baking spice. Drinkable now, or over the next 10 years. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 88 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic

Sandri, Elio (Cascina Disa) 2020 Langhe Nebbiolo

I thought this was impressive – and delicious. The Italian word is “agrume”, which (even though my Italian is pretty amateur) somehow always sounds more descriptive than our “citrus fruits”, but in any case the wine is redolent of citrus fruits, balsam, and clay. A couple of years in bottle will give it a chance to unwind more, but it’s quite irresistible now. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 67 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
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Sandri, Elio (Cascina Disa) 2016 Barolo Perno Riserva

NB: Limit of 3 bottles per person, please!

This shows real aromatic complexity, with layered sweet fruit and savory / earthy aromas; the elegance of the tannin is really notable, bolstering a very long finish. This is a fantastic wine – a true beauty, very much in the firm style of Perno and Sandri, with a long life ahead. 111 points. Jamie Wolff

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Organic

Sandri, Elio (Cascina Disa) 2017 Barolo Perno

One of the best 2017s we tasted in 35 visits last year – which might seem like faint praise, but this is a very fine wine under any circumstance, and a choice for drinking now / soon. The wine is very fresh and bright (unusual for the vintage), showing crisp red fruit and blood orange, bringing vibrancy to a deep core. Very fine indeed! Jamie Wolff

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic