Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2012
A tannic and structured red with dried-strawberry, stone and cedar character. Medium-to full-bodied, chewy and muscular — yet polished and well-formed. Drink or hold. Better in 2020 but so classy now.
Rich and saturated, with cherry and strawberry flavors, gaining support from dense, assertive tannins. Shows plenty of sweetness and accents of anise, tar and underbrush. Presents excellent length and finesse. Best from 2019 through 2033.
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.
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.