2014 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Vite Talin
With a September 2019 release date, the 2014 Barolo Vite Talin is robust, with broad shoulders and beautiful aromas of spice and herbs. There is a fullness and generosity to its meaty notes, while it shows a more rustic side when put side by side with the 2015: The tannins here make their presence well known, and the wine has a wild side overall. The Vite Talin is a wine that has a way of responding to difficult harvests like this one. The grapes survived for a reason, and what you get here is not your classic approach to Barolo at all. This expression explores new boundaries, and it will be a hard wine to forget. This Barolo was born following 25 years of experimentation, and only 2,200 precious bottles were made.
Monica Larner - Wine Advocate (Jun 2019)
The 2014 Barolo Vite Talin is fabulous. Rich and ample in feel, the 2014 melds together the natural richness this heavily virused clone produces in its tiny yields with the freshness of 2014. Black cherry, licorice, spice, menthol and chocolate are all given an extra kick of textural richness in this positively stunning Barolo that is easily one of the most compelling wines of this tricky year. The cold, late-ripening year produced an exotic Barolo laced with hints of apricot and wild flowers that are unusual in Barolo.
Antonio Galloni - Vinous
The newest addition to the firm's iconic offerings, this is the result of 25 years of Sandrone's experiments with very old Nebbiolo vines. It's an impressive combination of power and finesse, opening with aromas of smoke, woodland berry, camphor, wild herb, new leather and truffle. The chiseled palate boasts youthful tension, delivering juicy Marasca cherry, strawberry compote, tobacco and tangy mineral set against a backbone of youthfully austere but refined tannins. Fresh acidity keeps it impeccably balanced. Hold on to this one and you'll be rewarded.
Kerin O'Keefe - Wine Spectator