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General Barolo history

Rocche di San Nicola

Varietals Planted: Barbera, Dolcetto

Bottling: Sandrone Barbera d’Alba

Vineyard description:

Rocche di San Nicola is an extremely steep vineyard at the very end of the Novello promontory, just above the tall clay cliffs that plunge down to the streambed that flows toward Monchiero. Rocche di San Nicola was unfortunately damaged in the heavy rains of early 2009, when parts of the vineyard slid over the cliff and into the streambed a few hundred feet below. However, it receives incredible sun and heat and is almost constantly breezy; it is thus perfectly situated for Barbera, which thrives in these conditions.

Township: Novello

Soil: Clay, very compact and dense soil. Water tends to drain by surface runoff, penetration is difficult.

Exposure: East-Southeast

Density: Plants per hectare: 5000

Average Age of vines: 9 years (2010)

Training: Guyot basso

Altitude: 420m

Yields: 50 hl/ha

Area: 1.8 ha

Tonneaux, not Barrique

tonneauxSandrone uses multiple coopers, not wanting the style of any one singe barrel-maker to predominate. Barrels are tonneaux size (500 liters) and barriques are not employed here. Coopers include Radoux, Taransaud, Ricard, Pauscha, etc. Barrels are used for 4 or 5 passages. The Barolo are aged in 20-25% new oak.

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