The Sandrone family runs an outstanding museum program they call Sibi et Paucis—the name is Latin and translates roughly as: for the few and favoured. Each year, about 10 to 15% of the production of their Nebbiolo wines (the two Barolos and the Valmaggiore) is held back in the winery’s underground cellars under optimal aging conditions, to provide this producer’s long-term clients with aged-release wines that are closer to maturity.
It is Luciano Sandrone’s dream that one day all his wines will be released only when they are ready to drink. Currently, the Sibi et Paucis wines start being re-released six years after the vintage for the Valmaggiore, and for the Barolos, 10 years after the vintage. It is a wonderful initiative that we, of course, welcome. Each release comes with a stamp on the label to differentiate it from the original release.
“The 2012 Barolo Cannubi Boschis is exquisite. Soft and silky (for a still-youthful Barolo), the 2012 is positively stellar. Ripe dark cherry, plum, spice, leather, menthol and licorice build effortlessly with a bit of time in the glass. The 2012 is not a profound wine, but it is exceptionally beautiful and also a fabulous choice for drinking now and over the next 15-20 years.” 95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (tasted 2021)