2008 Damilano Barolo Cannubi Riserva

Year: 2008
Appellation: Piedmont
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 93
James Suckling: 98
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$219.95

"Aromatic and round, with loads of cherry and berry fruit, plus floral and tea notes. Shows an elegant side, with a long, ironbound finish. Still needs time to integrate fully. Best from 2019 through 2035.—B.S" (WS)

"Shows an amazing amount of dried roses, cedar and subtle fruits on the nose. Full body with fine tannins that touch every part of your palate. It’s long and wonderful with such polish and finesse. So right now. This is the first year of Damilano Cannubi Riserva. Only 5,000 bottles made. Phenomenal. This is the greatest wine ever from here. Glorious." (JS)

The Barolo region in the Langhe district, that has the prestige of being listed as a World Heritage Site, contains many micro-terroirs that influence the development, aromas, flavors and ageability of its world-renowned wine. The crowning jewel of them all is Cannubi. Dating back to the 1700s —before the Barolo category itself was established—the Cannubi vineyard is known for Nebbiolo grapes that yield nuanced, elegant wines with secondary flavors and aromas unlike anything else in Barolo. On this small plot, a superb combination of soil and climatic conditions produce wines of rare intensity and longevity. In terms of the French classification system, the Cannubi vineyard would be considered a “Premiere Grand Cru.”

Cannubi is a long hill which rises, gradually, above the town of Barolo. Geologically, it stands at the intersection of two strata, the blue-grey Tortonian marl and the buff-colored Helvetian sandstone. The two types of sand help foster a unique, complex wine, displaying a variety of minerals, each of which play a role in the development of Cannubi’s famous Nebbiolo grapes. Magnesium, potassium, limestone and clay lend the wines of Cannubi a vibrant, intense color and ensure a high concentration of polyphenols, resulting in great elegance and finesse. Vine age and sun exposure also affect the development of these acclaimed wines. Cannubi vines are close to 50 years old, imparting significant depth and secondary characteristics, with notes of plum, cherry, tobacco, rose and violet. Cannubi is positioned towards the sun at a south-eastern angle, allowing the grapes to reach full maturation over the course of the year.