Just 15 miles away from Barolo, in the Roero region, Nebbiolo produces a lighter structure and ripe, smooth tannins that are not unlike those of Pinot Noir. The wine drinks well from about age 6 to 12 but will easily last longer in the best vintages. The wine shows delicious floral elements and red fruits, wrapped around a medium-weight structure with a long, delicious finish and modulated, ripe tannins.
The alternation of hot and cold periods characterized the vegetative cycle of 2006. Heat in May and June was very strong, but from August onwards the situation changed. August 2006 was the coldest in 5 years, with marked differences between day and night temperatures and, thankfully, some rainfall. By mid-September there were perfect harvest conditions. Harvest took place from the September 28 to October 6.
After delicate maceration in steel, the wine was transferred into 500L French oak barrels, which had already been used once, to avoid the risk of overpowering the wine's aromatic quality. Ageing took place 12 months in the same wood and 9 months in the bottle.
" Ripe cherry and flowers on the nose; began with some superripe notes but gained in purity and lift as the wine opened in the glass. Ripe, elegant and dry, softening nicely with time in bottle. Best today on the broad, pliant back half, which features suave fine-grained tannins and lovely persistence. This makes the young 2009 release seem reduced today; will the younger wine evolve as this vintage has? The yield in both years was around 35 hectoliters per hectare, according to Sandrone."
International Wine Cellar
"The 2006 Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore is made from a vineyard in the emerging Roero district. It is an especially generous Nebbiolo in this vintage. Perfumed aromatics meld into super-ripe red cherries, spices, flowers and toasted oak. The wine offers outstanding depth and richness in a full-bodied, racy style. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2016.
This is a very strong set of entry-level wines from Luciano Sandrone, one of Piedmont’s top growers. In a region full of outspoken, colorful producers, Sandrone remains soft-spoken and rather shy, but his wines speak for themselves rather eloquently.
The Wine Advocate