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Cascina Disa – Elio Sandri

Elio in the vines

Perched atop some of the highest hills in the region in a community east of Barolo, in the hamlet of Monforte d’Alba, resides Cascina Disa Elio Sandri. Giovanni Sandri established a foundation passed on to his son, Elio.  Every part of Sandri’s winemaking is slow and gentle, allowing for very low levels of sulphur and no other additions. The results are exquisite, ultra-traditional terroir-driven wines of unbridled elegance and poise with a seemingly endless lifespan.     Ceritified Organic by Associazione Soule e Salute.

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2019 Barbera D’Alba DOCG


“Clear, medium intensity, ruby color. Youthful nose with distinct feel of Monforte. Dark cherry, rose petals, forest floor, leather, cocoa powder and some balsamic spice. Medium-weight palate with piercing acidity and smooth tannins. Very good intensity with lots of tart black berries, moist soil and cocoa powder. A serious Barbera. Accessible, yet could develop further with some short-term aging.”

Elio in the office
parcel at Perno
vigneti Perno
In the midst of the parcel
Sandri Barbera parcel
In the midst of the organic parcel
Organic Sandri
Spec Sheet
Lunch at Cascina Disa
Lunch at Cascina Disa

2019 Langhe Nebbiolo DOCG


“The 2019 Langhe Nebbiolo is silky, perfumed and super-expressive. All of the signatures of the house style come through loud and clear. This super-classic, saline Langhe Nebbiolo is full of character. I would cellar it for a year or two. This is such a gorgeous wine.”

92 Points.   Vinous Antonio Galloni. Tasting date, November 2021

Marne soil at Suri Disa
nebbiolo at harvest
Sandri Nebbiolo
Spec Sheet
parcel at Suri Disa
parcel at Suri Disa

2013 Barolo “Perno” Riserva DOCG


2016 Elio Sandri  Barolo Perno

Full of personality and finesses, this earthy gorgeous red has aromas of red cherry, forest floor and black olive. Structured and loaded with personality the delicious palate doles out layers of crushed raspberry, truffle and licorice before a savory saline finish. Firm, refined tannins and fresh acidity keep it well balanced. Drink 2026-2046.

— 96 Points Wine Enthusiasts, Nov 2021


2015 Elio Sandri  Barolo Perno Riserva

Structured and balanced, this delicious red is full of soul. It delivers aromas and flavors of blue flowers, ripe red berries, licorice and saline alongside firm but refined tannins. Fresh acidity keeps it impeccably balanced while a mineral note of rusty nail adds depth. A fantastic red loaded with personality and finesse. Drink 2025-2040.

— 96 Points Wine Enthusiasts Magazine, Nov 2021


The 2013 Barolo Perno Vigna Disa emerges from the estate’s oldest vines. It possesses more tannin and energy than the other 2013s in the range, but otherwise it’s pretty similar in its old-school feel. Leather, espresso, spice, black cherry and mint infuse the 2013 with striking layers of complexity. This pleasantly rustic, old-school Barolo oozes with tension, class and personality. I loved it.

95 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous) Oct 2020                                                       The Bigger Picture (Feb 2019) by Antonio Galloni

The 2015 Barolo Perno is another unusual, deeply personal wine. Sandri fermented the 2015 in cement, where the wine also do most of its aging, except for the 18 months in cask that are required by law. Black cherry, lavender, spice, dried flowers, sweet tobacco, dried herbs, licorice and menthol come together in the glass. This powerful, dark, volatile and explosive wine is endowed with tremendous fruit depth and power, not to mention tons of personality.

94 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous) Oct 2020                                                       The Bigger Picture (Feb 2019) by Antonio Galloni

“The 2015 Barolo “Perno” Riserva is everything Barolo can be, everything it should be. The bouquet alone is meserizing. Coffee, tobacco, spice, menthol, licorice, and leather are some of the many aromas and flavors that open up with coaxing. This heady, strapping Barolo offers unreal complexity and tons of old-school personality. I would not be in any rush here. What at wine.!”

96 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous) Nov 2021

2012  Elio Sandri  Barolo Riserva Perno

The 2012 Barolo Riserva Perno is the most elegant of the three 2012 Barolos I tasted. Soaring aromatics convey an impression of elegance and nuance that these wines don’t always show. Even so, there is plenty of the depth and power that are such signatures of these Barolos. Sweet tobacco, mint, spice, cedar and dried flowers are all laced throughout in this engaging, super-expressive Barolo from Elio Sandri.

— Antonio Galloni  90 Points.                                                                                   The Bigger Picture (Feb 2019) by Antonio Galloni

Elio Sandri’s 2014 Barolo Perno is gorgeous. It is also the only wine Sandri bottled in 2014, so all of the best fruit is in this bottling. Dark cherry, leather, smoke, savory herbs, licorice and dried flowers give the 2014 much of its complexity and overall nuance. Readers should expect a powerful, savory Barolo with quite a bit of both nuance and character, but less in the way of primary fruit.

— Antonio Galloni  93 Points.                                                                                    The Bigger Picture (Feb 2019) by Antonio Galloni

handwrapping bottles of Barolo
soils at Monforte
soil Sandri Monforte
approaching winery
Sandri Winery
Monforte from above
Monforte from above
Spec Sheet
parcel at Monforte
parcel at Monforte