Luciano Sandrone Barbera d'Alba 2016 - Liquors Inc.
Luciano Sandrone Barbera d'Alba 2016
SKU: 34649

Luciano Sandrone Barbera d'Alba 2016

  • v92
  • ws91
  • wa89


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Category Red Wine
Region Italy, Piedmont, Barbera d'Alba
Brand Luciano Sandrone
Alcohol/vol 14%
The year 2016 gave us harmonious climatic conditions, resulting in a Barbera that is both elegant and complex. It has an intense purple color with ruby highlights. The aromas are full and forward; first there are scents of ripe red fruits of excellent maturity, with notes of cherries preserved in alcohol, prune plums and jam. These are followed by soft aromas of cacao and spices such as black pepper, which in turn open to reveal ethereal notes of perfectly toasted oak. The palate is dry, warm and full, and the continuing aromatics recall the initial fragrant notes of red berry jam. The bright acidity both frames and focuses the excellent drinkability. Overall this is a young Barbera of good promise. The slight angularity of youth - a result of the exuberance of acid and tannin - portends positive harmonious development with a few years of cellaring. This wine will pair well with savory, complex dishes, particularly braised red meats.
  • v92

The 2016 Barbera d'Alba is all class. Sumptuous and beautifully layered, the 2016 is a real joy to taste, even at this early stage. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, licorice, tobacco and sweet spice infuse a sumptuous, lush Barbera that hits all the right notes. This is a stellar showing from the Sandrone family.

Antonio Galloni, May 2019
Wine Spectator
  • ws91

A polished, plush, ripe style of Barbera, with spicy overtones to the core of plum and blackberry fruit. Firm and balanced, though this could use a few months to integrate more fully. Fine length. Drink now through 2023.

Bruce Sanderson, February 28, 2019
Wine Advocate
  • wa89

Although 2016 was a classic year for Nebbiolo, Luciano Sandrone tells me it was an awkward year for Barbera. That sudden heat you might expect during summer never materialized, and the seasons remained cool and fresh over the entire course of the growing cycle. The 2016 Barbera d'Alba is a slightly more subdued and undertone wine as a result. It shows less fruity exuberance compared to warm years, such as the delicious 2015. Dark fruit is enhanced here by crushed mineral and campfire ash. There is a pleasantly sweet note on the close that covers the grape's spicy acidity.

Monica Larner, June 29, 2018