Wine Enthusiast 95
"Aromas recall black berries, violets, leather, toasted notes, baking spices and subtle oak. The juicy palate delivers Morello cherry accented with notes of fig, cracked black pepper, balsamic herbs and licorice. The delicious fruit is supported by a seriously tannic backbone and bright acidity. Drink after 2018. " ~ KO
Vinous Media 94
"Violets, tar, smoke, rose petals, spices and dark fruit are some of the many notes that emerge from the 2008 Barolo Cannubi. An intense, dramatic wine for the year, the 2008 boasts layered fruit and equally thrilling structure, even if at times it is a bit rustic. This is a decidedly burly wine from Cannubi, a vineyard mostly associated with finesse. It will be interesting to see how things come together in bottle. Today, it is the wine's striking inner perfume that makes me most hopeful for the future. -- Antonio Galloni"
" The rolling hillside vineyard encompasses just under 15 hectares, about the same size as the prestigious Burgundy plot of Clos de la Roche (which will easily set you back $300 per bottle). Among the cognoscenti, Cannubi is held in the same esteem as any Grand Cru Pinot Noir vineyard in Burgundy. It’s history as a place where great wine has always been produced is evident: the oldest surviving bottle of Barolo is labeled, “Cannubi -1752.”
While the history is important, it is the terroir, and resulting style that separates Cannubi from Barolo’s other vineyards. The crus of Serralunga and Monforte are known for their power, and to a certain extent, the Barolo DOCG as a whole enjoys the same reputation. The majesty of Cannubi lies in its lifted, floral aromatics with a palate characterized by elegance and approachable structure. As with all great wine, its requisite age-worthiness is undeniable, but unlike many Baroli, Cannubi brings uncommon pleasure in youth.
Francesco Borgogno established Fratelli Serio and Battista Borgogono in 1897. At the time his was the only winery on the Cannubi hill. He served as the mayor of the town of Barolo for more than 30 years, leading an informal association of growers and helping to solve problems in the vineyards and beyond. The estate has been in the family since its beginning, and now forth-generation sisters Anna and Paola Borgogno are handing the reins over to daughters Emanuela and Federica. " ~ Winery notes
Appellation: Barolo DOCG
Terrain: Fine sand and limestone
Area: 3.0 ha
Variety: 100% Nebbiolo
Vine Plantings: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999
Orientation: South-east, south-west, north-east
Maceration takes place for 8-10 days in large oak casks, with frequent replacement and turning. Following malolactic fermentation the wine is aged 5 years in oak casks. After bottling, the wine is allowed a further 6 months ageing in horizontal racks.
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