Terroir: Cannubi is a long hill with a gradual slope that sits at the convergence of the two geologic sub zones of Barolo. It is at the Cannubi hill that the Helvetian and Tortonian types of soil meet and blend together. Cannubi, is of South-East exposure and is a Cru with an exceptional completeness, a harmonic synthesis between structure and aromas. The soil is mildly compact with a perfect equilibrium between sand, lime, calcareous and clay. This balance of soil composition gives the Barolo’s from Cannubi excellent aromas, a remarkable structure and color, as well as very elegant tannins. The hill of Cannubi creates a wine that is immediately enjoyable with characteristics that only become more complex as the wine matures.
Vinification: Grapes are manually harvested and brought to the cellar for destalking and Temperature-controlled maceration of the skins with pump-overs lasts 10 days. Following fermentation, the wine is racked into concrete tanks that are lined in fiberglass and insulated with cork where it will rest at post-fermentation temperatures of 72°F and undergoes malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged for two years, a part in Slavonian or French oak barrels (30 or 35 hl) and the other part in 225L French oak barrels that are moderately toasted. The two parts are then blended in traditional big oak barrels and the wine completes its fining in the bottle before release.
Garnet-red in color with ruby reflections. Intense perfume with clean scent of roses, vanilla, licorice, spices and toasted oak. Gentle notes of absinthe. The flavor is full and elegant, good- bodied and austere with recurring olfactory sensations. The spicy note and the hints of wood blend perfectly. The Barolo Cannubi reaches its maturity after 6 years from the harvest and can be enjoyed throughout its life between 6 and 25 years.
With its great structure, this wine is particularly adapted to red meats, braised dishes and game in general. It is an ideal accompaniment for cheeses and our typical local cuisine.
Score: 96 PointsThe Tasting Panel Author: Anthony Dias Blue
"Lush, dense and velvety with rich plum, cassis and floral notes; precise, focused and deep with great power and elegance; great structure and racy acidity; exquisite, long and complex."
Score: 92 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
"The 2008 Barolo Cannubi displays remarkable textural depth and sweetness. Freshly cut flowers, spices and dark raspberries are some of the nuances that take shape in the glass. Silky, finessed tannins round out the finish. This is a beautiful vintage for Marchesi di Barolos Cannubi bottling."
Score: 90 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
"A red that's rich and open, but needs air to gain harmony and show off the flavors of cherry, plum and spice. Offers, a fine, lingering finish."
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