“Sassi e Sabbia” grows on a gentle slope of marine sand and gravelly clay. In the glass, the wine is pale yellow with green reflections. White flowers and delicate lime citrus emerge in the nose when the wine is first poured. Later, a bright cornucopia of exotic yellow fruit mingles with an unmistakable sensation of crushed-rocks minerality. On entry the wine is dry, with fascinating lemon-lime and ripe yellow fruit flavors that dance on the palate, all seasoned by refreshing acidity and a satisfying, layered, saline mineral core. This is a very special wine.
About this wine producer: The Almondo family has cultivated vineyards and orchards in Roero for hundreds of years, but Domenico and his father, Giovanni, were the first to estate bottle their production in the early 1980’s (their first vintage in 1981 totaled 1500 bottles). Since then, the estate has acquired some of the most expressive parcels of vineyard land around the tiny town of Montà d’Alba - nearly fifteen combined hectares of Arneis, Nebbiolo, Barbera and Brachetto. Along with his sons Federico and Stefano, Domenico’s meticulous vineyard work and sensitive approach in the cellar make it no surprise that the Almondo family is considered the single best producer in Roero.