Damilano Barolo Cannubi DOCG 2012 Red Wine
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Damilano Barolo "Cannubi" 2012
95 pts. James Suckling - "A tannic and structured red with dried-strawberry, stone and cedar character. Medium-to full-bodied, chewy and muscular yet polished and well-formed. Drink or hold. Better in 2020 but so classy now."
93 pts. Wine Advocate - "I am impressed by the 2012 Barolo Cannubi. This celebrated vineyard site suffered serious hail damage in the 2012 vintage, and the vintners who farm this cru resorted to severe fruit selection in order to safeguard quality. Damilano has pulled out the best of the vintage for sure. This is a beautiful wine that boasts a delicate and feminine approach. There is pressed rose, dried violet, wild berry, cassis, cola, truffle and tilled earth. Lighter aromas of ash and smoke lift gracefully from the glass. The tannins are silky and long."
93 pts. Wine Spectator - "Rich and saturated, with cherry and strawberry flavors, gaining support from dense, assertive tannins. Yet there's plenty of sweetness, with accents of anise, tar and underbrush. Shows excellent length and finesse. Best from 2019 through 2033."
92 pts. Wine Enthusiast - "Aromas of ripe berry, menthol chopped herb, dark spice and a balsamic note float out of the glass. On the dense palate, cinnamon, baking spice, and tobacco add depth to the juicy black cherry core. Firm, fine-grained tannins provide the framework."
Cannubi is considered the Grand Cru vineyard for the Barolo, an extraordinary wine in terms of style and elegance.
The absolute high quality of the grapes picked on the Cannubi hill is the result of a unique land composition: an unevolved soil with clay-rich marl, grey and white on the surface. The soil in which the Damilano vines are found features a high percentage of sand (up to 45%) that gives the grapes intense aromas of cherry, plum and tobacco, rose and violet in sequence. Its low potassium and high calcium/magnesium content offer the wine a fine and polished touch. Its color is intense and bright, and it has a high polyphenol concentration.
At first sight, what is most striking is its ruby red color with hints of maroon and orange reflections, and an ample, enveloping scent, with clear fruit notes of cherry and plum, and herbal notes of tobacco, liquorish, and cocoa.
The wine embraces the palate with a harmonic, pleasantly dry flavor, with soft tannins and a perceivable body and completeness.
Grape varietal: Nebbiolo 100%
Barolo pairs well with hearty dishes such as beef stew, prime rib, portobello mushroom dishes, etc. A perfect "comfort food" wine!
Production area: municipality of Barolo – single vineyard Cannubi
Age of vines: 30 to 50 years old
Vineyard exposure: South, South - East
Soil type: calcareous with 45% sand, 35% limestone, 20% clay
Alcohol content: 14.5% by volume
Colour: Garnet ruby red with orange reflections
Bouquet: ample and embracing, with pronounced fruity notes of cherry and plum and notes of tobacco, liquorice and cocoa
Taste: harmonious, pleasantly dry with soft tannins, broad and full-bodied. Persistent finish.
Vinification: fermentation at controlled temperature for 20 days
Suggested serving temperature: 16/17oC