Barolo Cannubi is the flagship wine of Damilano. Born from the noble Nebbiolo varietal cultivated in Barolo, this wine benefits from the generous, calcareous-clay soil with a good quantity of sand that is found on the prestigious Cannubi hill. An old vine wine, Barolo Cannubi is crafted from vineyards planted in 1935 with desirable southern exposure. The wine has a striking garnet, ruby red color with subtle orange reflections. It has an ample nose with evident notes of cherry and plum that evolve into hints of tobacco, licorice, and cocoa. On the palate, it has a harmonic flavor that is pleasantly dry, with soft tannins and a full body. Serve at a temperature 61°F to 63°F to best enjoy the range of sensations this wine expresses.
98pts James Suckling-
The fruit feels so comfortable here, in the ripe-red zone; it ranges from cherry kernel to chocolate-coated red plums to glazed cherries. Integrated hints of bark and sandalwood. Full-bodied with strapping tannins and muscular, imposing structure and power. Notwithstanding, everything is in striking balance and delivered with remarkable precision and grit.
97pts Wine Advocate-
The Damilano 2016 Barolo Cannubi shows depth and profound nature. This is the DNA of the Cannubi cru, maybe the most celebrated in the appellation with mildly compact, well-draining sandy soils (actually, a mix of 45% sand, 35% silt, and 20% clay, to be precise). These conditions contribute to the dark concentration and the firm textural support found here. These assets are particularly apparent in this classic vintage. Dark fruit and dried cherry cede to earthy truffle and licorice. Of these various single-vineyard expressions, the tight tannins on this Cannubi definitely suggest a long drinking window. This wine is my favorite in this flight from Damilano, and this vintage of 40,000 bottles is distinguished by its sheer excellence.
93pts Jeb Dunnuck-
The 2016 Barolo Cannubi has a darker profile, with licorice candy, tobacco, and cassis. Here the structure is concentrated, with firm tannins, fresh acidity, and notes of plum skin, black tea leaf, and balsamic. Classically built for the long haul and heartier cuisine.
93pts Wine Spectator-
A mix of cherry, leather, iron, wild herbs, and spice mark this lithe red, which is firm and dry, yet balanced, with the sweet fruit and lively acidity capping the lingering finish.
92pts Wine & Spirits-
Aromas of ripe black-skinned fruit, menthol, leather, and tobacco slowly appear in the glass. Chewy and concentrated, the palate shows dried black cherry, licorice, and espresso alongside taut close-grained tannins that grip the close.