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2016 Barolo Cannubi

The highly successful 2016 Piedmont vintage has produced many impressive wines and some producers, like Damilano, have made their best wines yet. Not many of the highest rated are as good value as Damilano's Cannubi, though. This is one to stock up on.

The Cannubi vineyard is one of Barolo’s greatest sites and the Damilanos own or rent 10 ha of it. Like many producers the Damilanos have given up their French barriques and gone back to traditional Piemontese botte.

Shipping September 2020.

2016 Barolo Cannubi, Damilano

£325 per 6 Bot, in bond (£406.07 duty & VAT paid)
£335 per 3 Mag, in bond (£418.07 duty & VAT paid)*
£240 per 3ltr, in bond (£298.72 duty & VAT paid)*
£450 per 5ltr, in bond (£557.87 duty & VAT paid)*
* large formats all very limited quantities - please enquire

The Damilano 2016 Barolo Cannubi shows depth and a profound nature. This is the DNA of the Cannubi cru, maybe the most celebrated in the appellation with mildly compact, well-draining sandy soils (actually, a mix of 45% sand, 35% silt and 20% clay, to be precise). These conditions contribute to the dark concentration and the firm textural support found here. These assets are particularly apparent in this classic vintage. Dark fruit and dried cherry cede to earthy truffle and licorice. Of these various single-vineyard expressions, the tight tannins on this Cannubi definitely suggest a long drinking window. This wine is my favorite in this flight from Damilano, and this vintage of 40,000 bottles is distinguished by its sheer excellence. 2024-2050
97 points Monica Larner, 

The fruit feels so comfortable here, in the ripe-red zone; it ranges from cherry kernel to chocolate-coated red plums to glazed cherries. Integrated hints of bark and sandalwood. Full-bodied with strapping tannins and muscular, imposing structure and power. Notwithstanding, everything is in striking balance and delivered with remarkable precision and grit. Drink from 2026.
98 points James Suckling


Winery Notes for the Cannubi Vineyard:

The vineyard found on the Cannubi hill is the company’s crown jewel. If there were a Grand Cru classification in Piedmont similar to the one existing in Burgundy (France), the Cannubi (or Cannubio or Canubbio) would be considered one of the few, real Grand Crus present in the Barolo area and on the high-quality wine scene.

This vineyard has a long history:  it is the most famous and renowned cru mentioned in ancient documents since the 1700s. The oldest preserved bottle in the Langhe area is found in Bra, owned by the Manzone family and bearing the words “Cannubi 1752”; this precious witness is the proof that this vineyard was already appraised before the appearance of the Barolo*: the name Cannubi is mentioned long before.

This vineyard has truly unmistakable characteristics. The absolute prestige of the grapes grown along this hill is due to a particular composition of the land: in fact, it is the only terrain in the entire district of Barolo production containing Tortonian and Helvetian soil, belonging to two different geologic eras.

The high sand content conveys intense fragrances to the wines, with clear fruited notes of cherry and plum, and herbal notes of tobacco, rose, and violet. The alkalinity and strong calcium content confer a final touch of finesse and elegance.

Despite the high percentage of sand, and grades of loam and clay, the potassium, magnesium and microelements give it an intense and bright color, as well as high polyphenol concentration.

Finally, the presence of fine sand and the high content of clay and limestone convey unique characteristics to the Nebbiolo grape bunches destined to production of Barolo Cannubi, which have a refined and polished appearance.

All such natural properties guarantee an exclusive quality and unique style to the Barolo, which the Damilano family has always been able to interpret passionately and rigidly.

The Damilano family boasts a long-term presence on the Cannubi hill, owing about 2 hectares of land and about 8 on renting.



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