Although a relative newcomer, Luciano Sandrone has become a legendary producer of Barolo. The Wine Advocate said "Luciano Sandrone is one of the leading lights in Piedmont. No grower has managed to so brilliantly reconcile modern and traditional approaches in making wines that are soft, supple and approachable when young, but also capable of aging beautifully." Cannubi is one of the great Cru vineyards of Barolo. Luciano's plot is at the northern end and is in the "Boschis" subzone. The Cannubi Boschis subzone has a particularly good exposure to the south and southeast in a small bowl or "conca" that helps hold the warmth in the early morning. Its soils are sea deposits of calcareous clay. For this 2003 each lot was vinified separately. After destemming and light crushing, must is "sealed" with CO2 for gentle warm maceration of approximately a day. Alcoholic fermentation begins about 24-36 hours later from native wild yeasts only. Maceration: Gentle maceration in upright open-top steel tanks for the first 7-8 days of the alcoholic fermentation lasted 28-30 days and the the wine was aged for 24 months in French oak barrels, followed by 18 months in bottle. The wine received the prestigious Tre Bicchieri from Italy's Gambero Rosso. In America the Wine PSectator scored it 91 and Antonio Galloni tasted it several times over the years with 90+ scores each time. The most recent was in June 2014 when he scored it 92 points and said "Luciano Sandrone's 2003 Barolo Cannubi Boschis is just beginning to show the early signs of complexity in its bouquet, but it remains surprisingly bright for a wine of its age and the vintage. Dark red and blue fruit, licorice, mint and dried flowers meld together in a striking, gorgeous Barolo. The 2003 has lovely mid-palate pliancy and depth. The slightly firm tannins of the vintage remain, but they are nicely balanced just the same." Extremely Limited!!