Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2012 750ml - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake
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Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2012 750ml
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Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2012

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Category Red Wine
Region Italy, Piedmont, Barolo
Brand Damilano
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
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Damilano is a traditional, ancient Barolo wine estate. The Damilano family has been producing Barolo wines since 1890 when Giuseppe Borgogno, the great-grandfather of the current owners, started farming and making wine from the family-owned vineyard in Barolo (Cuneo), a town in the Langhe area which is a beautiful land that has produced the Italian 'king of wines' for centuries. 

In the following generation, Giacomo Damilano, the founder’s son-in-law, gave the current name to the winery. It was he who gave the stimulus to preserve the vines and apply constant innovation in the quality of the winemaking process, making the winery become a 'jewel' to proudly pass on to his nephews, who have managed the company since 1997. Guido, Mario, and Paolo Damilano have been giving new energy to the family company, particularly giving value to the prince grape of the Langhe, the Nebbiolo, and specific terroirs, the Cannubi above all.

Cannubi is considered the equivalent of a Grand Cru vineyard for the Barolo, an extraordinary wine in terms of style and elegance. The high quality of the grapes picked on the Cannubi hill is the result of a unique land composition: a soil rich with clay and marl on the surface and a high percentage of sand (up to 45%) that gives the grapes intense aromas of cherry, plum and tobacco, rose and violet. 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, licorice, and cocoa. The wine embraces the palate with a harmonic, pleasantly dry flavor, with soft tannins and a perceivable body and completeness.

Made of 100% Nebbiolo, from 30 to 50 year old vines planted with a south, south-east exposure.  The soil is calcareous with 45% sand, 35% limestone, 20% clay. 

James Suckling
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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.

Wine Spectator
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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.

October 15, 2016
Wine Advocate
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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.

June 29, 2016
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The 2012 Barolo Cannubi shows the more powerful side of the year. Black cherry, smoke, French oak, mocha, plum and chocolate notes all develop in the glass. This is an especially powerful, intense expression of Cannubi, and yet all the elements are nicely balanced within the opulent style that is the signature of the Damilano Barolos. There is plenty of depth in the glass, but the 2012 comes across as a wine that is best enjoyed sooner rather than later.

November 2016
Wine Enthusiast
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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.

October 1, 2016
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