Elio Sandri Barolo Riserva
The Wines from Elio Sandri are world class and just under the radar which is perfect! The vineyards are farmed lovingly, in a truly minimally interventionist style, planted roughly between 300 and 350 meters above sea level, only account for part of the brilliance of these wines. There is of course the winemaking as well. Adhering to a similar non-interventionist tact in the cellar, Elio has quietly been producing wines that should be recognized as among the region's best. Elio's been the guiding hand at Cascina Disa since the 2000 vintage, though the property was purchased by his father in 1965, coincidentally the year of his birth. He has a gift and has quietly been producing wines that will be recognized as deserving the same acclaim as the top Barolo houses. The biggest impediment to that fame is the limited production of about 300 cases a year of Barolo.
"Sandri’s 2015 Barolo Riserva Perno opens with a striking bouquet laced with rosewater, mint, pine and blood orange. The proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove, the 2015 packs a serious punch behind its deceptively mid-weight personality. The 2015 is surprisingly accessible (in relative terms) for a young Sandri Barolo. It can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring, but will be even better in a few years’ time. This super-classic, mid-weight Barolo is so alluring. 2025-2045" - 95 points, Vinous