2012 Barolo Cannubi Marchese di Barolo
Cannubi is a long, gently sloping hill right in the middle of the Barolo area. Here the Helvetian and the Tortonian soils blend together forming blue-grey marls rich in magnesium and manganese carbonate that turn light grey on the surface when they come into contact with the air and weather elements. The result is a combination of different clays and fine sands saturated with limestone (marls of Sant’Agata fossils). Surrounded by higher hills, the Cannubi hill is protected from storms and high winds and it benefits from a unique microclimate. The characteristics of the soil and the extraordinary microclimate give Cannubi an exceptional completeness and balance, harmony between structure and aromas and remarkably elegant tannins, making this Barolo not just a pleasure to drink but also a wine with a long lifespan.
The wine ages for two years, part in Slavonian oak barrels and the other part in small 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 going onto the market. Barolo Cannubi matures 6 years after being harvested and reaches its peak condition between 6 and 25 years of age.
This wine is garnet-red in color with ruby reflections. Its intense nose has distinct traces of roses, vanilla, licorice, spices, toasted oak and a gentle scent of absinth. The flavor is full and elegant, good-bodied and austere with remarkably elegant tannins. The spicy personality and the hints of wood blend perfectly.
Well-matched with traditional Langhe egg pasta, Tajarin and Ravioli, with roasts, stews, braised meats and game. Also an ideal companion for sheep and goat's milk and mildly-aged cheeses.