(RP=95) The 2009 Barolo Le Vigne shows class and pedigree with bright fruit tones carefully wrapped within the wine?s elegant texture. The purity and the intensity of the wine are exceptional, especially when compared to other Barolos from this vintage. The bouquet is polished and long, with pristine accents of spice, licorice and anise seed. Made with fruit sourced from various parcels, this wine speaks with a strong and confident tone. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. (AG=93) Deep, bright red. Enticing aromas of blackberry, violet, licorice and bitter chocolate. Then surprisingly round and open-knit in the mouth, offering dense, sweet flavors of red and purple berries and flowers. Distinctly silkier in the early going than the Cannubi Boschis, this finishes sweet and long, with pliant tannins. A superb showing. This was the first vintage of Le Vigne to include some Baudana fruit but Sandrone lost his source for Conterni and Ceretta di Monforte. (The splendid 2005 Le Vigne, re-released this year in limited quantities, boasts wonderfully fresh purple fruit and violet aromatics; an extract-rich texture like liquid silk; and a horizontal finish that combines outstanding energy and perfume. In my September tasting I scored it a solid 95 points: it's a remarkable example of its vintage.) (WS=90) Coffee, licorice, tar and spice flavors mingle in this rich, firmly structured red. A bit reticent, with a sweet core and dense, dusty tannins on the finish. Best from 2017 through 2030.