Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2016 - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake
Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2016
SKU: 04153

Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2016

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Category Red Wine
Region Italy, Piedmont, Barolo
Brand Damilano
Alcohol/vol 14%
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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 Advocate
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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.

Wine Spectator
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A mix of cherry, leather, iron, wild herbs and spice mark this lithe red, which is firm and dry, yet balanced, with the sweet fruit and lively acidity capping the lingering finish. Best from 2023 through 2042.

March 31, 2021
Jeb Dunnuck
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The 2016 Barolo Cannubi has a darker profile, with licorice candy, tobacco, and cassis. Here the structure is concentrated, with firm tannins, fresh acidity, and notes of plum skin, black tea leaf, and balsamic. Classically built for the long haul and heartier cuisine.

Wine Enthusiast
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Aromas of ripe black-skinned fruit, menthol, leather and tobacco slowly appear in the glass. Chewy and concentrated, the palate shows dried black cherry, licorice and espresso alongside taut close-grained tannins that grip the close. Drink 2024-2031.

September 1, 2020
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