Boutique Wines

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. Seriously, these wines can compete with any being produced in the Langhe, and an argument can be made, a very strong argument in fact, that his Dolcetto and Barbera and not only screaming values, but truly among the world’s finest expressions of these varieties.

There is no great commercial distribution of these wines. Production is tiny, in no small part because Elio has never been bitten by the cru bug. There are two Barolo produced here. Normal & Riserva.

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.  You won't find the wines out at mass tastings, or submitted for review.

If you see these wines, grab them. There are perhaps 10,000 bottles a year in total produced and virtually none in the secondary market. I mentioned before that the Dolcetto and Barbera are both terrific, they are also among the most age worthy wines of their type. Simply fabulous additions to the cellar and a glimpse of what these wines were, and can be.

The hands-on nature of Cascina Disa doesn't end in the vineyard, nor in the cellar. Every bottle of Barolo is hand wrapped in paper. A fitting and final touch from Elio to his valued customers.

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Elio Sandri

2010 Barolo Perno

Traditional style Barolo made organically with biodynamic principals. A hidden gem, only 3000 bottles made and aged for 7 years before release.

The 2010 Barolo Riserva from Elio Sandri is an outstanding wine, traditional Barolo with balsamic, truffle, mushroom and red fruits on the nose. Firm sweet tannin is present with excellent acidity, full-bodied and long finish. Wonderfully balanced wine with a long life ahead.

Technical Information
Vintage: 2010Region: PiedmontVineyard: Perno - Monforte d'AlbaOak: Slovenian Oak BotteAppellation: Barolo DOCGAlcohol: 14%

2010 Barolo Perno Riserva

The 2010 Barolo Riserva from Elio Sandri is an outstanding wine, traditional Barolo with balsamic, truffle, mushroom and red fruits on the nose. Firm sweet tannin is present with excellent acidity, full-bodied and long finish. Wonderfully balanced wine with a long life ahead.

Technical Information
Vintage: 2010Region: PiedmontOak: Slovenian Oak BotteAppellation: Monforte d'AlbaAlcohol: 14.5%

2013 Marapika Langhe Rosso

Marapika is a blend of Barbera and Dolcetto with a touch of Nebbiolo

Nose of red cherries, rosechips, red tea and damp forest floor, earth and licorice. Excellent with pasta and meat dishes.

Technical Information
Vintage: 2013Region: PiedmontOak: Slovenian Oak BotteAppellation: Monforte d'AlbaAlcohol: 13%

2015 Barbera d'Alba Superiore

Incredible Barbera, ability to age for a decade or more.

Earthy and mineral with lots of pomegranates and sour cherry characters. Excellent acidity and length with powerful tannins on the finish. A serious Barbera

Technical Information
Vintage: 2015Region: PiedmontFermentation: Oak BotteVineyard: Southern facing hillside in Monforte d'AlbaOak: Slovenian Oak BotteAppellation: Barbera DOCAlcohol: 14.5%

2015 Langhe Nebbiolo

Excellent Value Langhe Nebbiolo from Elio Sandri.

Light red in colour with a spicy nose of cherry, roses, violets, and menthol. Excellent structure and acidity. This wine will cruise in the cellar for at least 5 years.

Technical Information
Vintage: 2015Region: PiedmontVineyard: Monforte d'AlbaOak: Slovenian Oak BotteAppellation: Monforte d'AlbaAlcohol: 13.5%