Barolo Cannubi, Paolo Scavino 2005


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Tasting Notes

The 2005 Barolo Cannubi is simply beautiful. Sweet, open aromatics lead to a silky-textured core of ripe, perfumed fruit as the wine reveals awesome purity, superb length and classy balance. Floral notes develop in the glass, adding further complexity and sweet tannins frame the long finish. The wine needs a few years to come together, but this is striking Cannubi. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025. My visit with Enrico Scavino and his daughter, Enrica, was one of the highlights of my November trip to Piedmont. In addition to these superb 2005 Barolos, I also sampled all of the 2006s, 2007s and 2008s from barrel and/or tank, which made for an incredible tasting. In recent years Scavino's wines have taken on additional elements of classicism that I find very appealing. Enrico Scavino has the energy of someone half his age. Scavino has recently concluded the purchase in the Monvigliero vineyard in Verduno which he had previously rented, and will make a new single vineyard Barolo from this site. Further acquisitions are in the works but are not yet finalized. I wish every producer in Piedmont had Scavino's sheer passion. As for the 2005s, well, they are striking for their aromatics and level of ripeness. Scavino continues to dial back the oak, and the color of these wines is much more typical of Nebbiolo than has been the case in the recent past. The overall level of quality is very close to 2004, although the wines are very different in terms of their personalities.

Score: 93Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (182), April 2009

Offers blackberry and dried flower aromas, with interesting ripe fruit. Full and chewy, with ripe tannins. Big and structured. Just barely giving out what's there. Best after 2012. 300 cases made.

Score: 93James Suckling,, July 2009

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