Our offers and tasting of 2010 Barolo earlier this year were successful in almost every way. We sold more Barolo than ever before, and stocks of this excellent vintage are now getting harder and harder to find. 2010 is in our opinion an excellent vintage, a great, and we have tasted our way through hundreds of these wines.
We have also tasted as much as we can outside 2010 and, whilst there is pleasure to be found in almost all of them – Barolo hasn’t had a bad vintage since 2002 – there is one vintage that stands out: 2008.
It’s not a vintage to buy blind – there is considerable variation from grower to grower and from vineyard to vineyard – but the best 2008s are simply lovely. As Antonio Galloni writes in his recent retrospective: “the finest 2008 Barolos are utterly magnificent, profound wines that represent a new paradigm for Italy’s most famous and collectible red”.
With this in mind we are tasting our way through as many 2008s as possible and we will be offering out the winners as and when we find them. The first out of the blocks is 2008 Barolo Cannubi, Damilano.
Damilano are the largest producer of Cannubi with approximately 11 hectares under vine. Founded in 1890, the fourth generation is now in charge of this impressively large domaine, and quality is on an upward curve. The 2008 Cannubi is the first “modern” Damilano Cannubi to get a more traditional elevage – this is aged in large oak barrels as opposed to barriques and one can tell. The only “modern” note on this wine is its cleanliness, precision and focus.
The wine is currently lying at the domaine
£192/cs (6x75cl) IB
£192/cs (3xmags) IB
“Fresh, pure, lifted nose of cherries, rose petals and a hint of Barolo tar. A touch of chocolate cake. In the mouth there is clear class: there is some terroir here. That Musigny-like Cannubi signature. This has a great deal of poise – it will keep and keep – but the nature of the tannins makes it so approachable. Lovely. Proper, clean, pure Barolo.”
94 Points, FINE+RARE
"This is a big step up in quality for Damilano, who now controls the most vineyards in the great Cannubi -- about 11 hectares. Sensual aromas of dried flowers, sweet fruits and chocolate follow through to a full body, with fine tannins and a delicious finish. Very fine indeed. Chewy. Better in 2015."
95 Points, James Suckling
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