Brezza. Barolo 'Cannubi'
Barolo 'Cannubi' DOCG
2014 - Ripe herb and rose, beautifully fresh and harmonious. Lovely and bright with delicate berry fruit, floral and enticing. The tannins are ripe and hold the wine confidently, it is a pleasure to drink and will develop.
I recommend not keeping the wine beyond 2021.
2012 - Enticing berry, violet and rose aromas, full supple fruit, fine ripe tannins beautifully laced through the wine, almost painfully fine. Remarkable purity, undoubtedly a forward vintage which I suspect has excellent potential to develop over the next fifteen years.
Production: 9000 bottles.
Brezza own one and a quarter hectares of Cannubi, perhaps the most famous of all Barolo’s ‘cru’ vineyard sites. It is a very steep slope at two hundred and fifty metres above sea level and the majority faces east to southeast. The soils are silt and sand with just twenty-three percent of clay. The family first rented the land from the Church and had the opportunity to buy it in 2000 – the price then was six hundred thousand euros per hectare, today it would be two million.
The vines Nebbiolo Lampia and Michet and are thirty years old, planted using a traditional Guyot system with a meter between each vine and almost three metres between each row (3700 vines per hectare). The grapes are picked by hand in October and travel the short distance to the winery in small plastic boxes. The bunches are immediately de-stemmed and crushed before a seven-day fermentation in temperature-controlled steel tanks which never goes over twenty six degrees. The wine is macerated for two more weeks with regular pumping over and is than racked in lined cement tanks where it undergoes a malolactic conversion. The wine is then moved into large traditional Slavonian oak casks, where it remains for two years. It is bottled without filtration and each bottle is individually numbered.