What We Say 2007 Barolo 'Cannubi Muscatel' DOCG
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Mission Codename: Obi Wan Cannubi
Operative: Agent White
Objective: Return to Cascina Bruciata and secure the next vintage of their exceptional and exclusive Barolo ‘Cannubi Muscatel’ DOCG for our operatives.
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Cascina Bruciata
Wine Subject: 2007 Barolo ‘Cannubi Muscatel’ DOCG
Winemaker: Francesco Baravalle
The greatest of all Italian wines are arguably made with from the Nebbiolo grape. The wines of the Barolo DOCG are made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes. Nebbiolo, native to the Piedmont in north-west Italy and cultivated in the region since the 13th century is generally a bolder than its little sister Barbaresco. The late ripening Nebbiolo is known to be highly influenced by various soil and vineyard conditions, with the wines from the best vineyard sites having sublime character.
Most people don’t give Barolo enough time and drink them young, but those patient enough to wait at least 7 – 8 years, and often as much as 20 plus years are handsomely rewarded with a wine that is the ultimate expression of the grape. The most prized bottlings of Barolo are those from an exceptional single vineyard such as today’s from the Cannubi Muscatel Cru.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Dense and deep ruby red with ruby and orange streaks that shine through its clear core and along the edges when held to the light. When swirled, slow thin and legs hang before descending to the wine below.
Smell – Bold and rich dark cherry, tart blackberry, plum and other dark berries blends with toasted wood and dusty earthy notes . Black licorice, spice, a touch of green herbs and hints of dried floral violets and zesty tar adds complexity to the nose.
Feel – This dry and full-bodied wine is smooth and finely textured; with smooth but sturdy tannins are expansive. Vibrant acidity and smoothly-etched minerality provides a framework for the elegant flavors than last long into the finish.
Taste – Red and black cherry flavors blend with blackberry and plum and are layered with soft earthy and powder fine dusty minerality. Sweet tobacco, dried green herbs and flowers, slightly sweet black licorice, hints of exotic spice box and subtle tar adds depth.
Finish – Very long, smooth and rich with this wines finely textured minerality, lively acid and sturdy tannins gripping onto the palate as the dark fruit, spice and minerality other complex flavors elegantly linger.
Conclusion – The 2007 Cascina Bruciata Barolo ‘Cannubi Muscatel’ DOCG is a wine of great finesse and distinction, Classic dark cherry and other classic Piedmont complexity on the nose and palate all framed by a balanced and well structured mouthfeel. Pair this wine with classic Piedmontese cuisine or a juicy grilled steak tonight or cellar for the next ten years.
WINEMAKER INTEL BRIEFING DOSSIER
SUBJECT: Francesco Baravalle
WINE EDUCATION: Winemaking and Viticulture degree from University of Turin (2001) Sommelier degree (2008)
WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY: Use the technologies in the cellar to preserve the quality of the grapes and enhance the expression of the territory.
WINEMAKER QUOTE: Wine is devotion to land and people’s culture
Below is a transcript of our interview with winemaker Francesco Baravalle when we featured the previous vintage of this delicious wine.
AGENT WHITE: Greetings, Francesco, We are thrilled to be showing your 2006 Barolo ‘Cannubi Muscatel’ DOCG. Thanks so much for taking some time to answer questions for our Operatives today.
FRANCESCO: Greetings to you Agent White! It is a great pleasure for me to talk to you about our wines.
WHITE: Was there a specific experience in your life that inspired your love of wine?
FRANCESCO: I maybe didn’t realize it at the time, but I believe that it was when I was a kid, watching my grandfather bring home grapes and be so excited to crush them and to start the fermentation. Furthermore his pride when putting his own bottle on the table to share with friends saying: “Guys, I made this, enjoy it!”
WHITE: What wine or winemaker has most influenced your winemaking style?
FRANCESCO: I think more than a specific wine or winemaker, undoubtedly, Burgundy is a very inspiriting territory where both the people and the authenticity of the wine have influenced me.
WHITE: Who do you make wine for?
FRANCESCO: I make wine primarily for consumers who want to know more about our people and our land through our wines.
WHITE: Please tell me a little bit about the wine we are featuring today.
FRANCESCO: This wine comes from a little vineyard (2000 square meters) in one of the most prestigious and probably the first vineyard classified in the Barolo area, the Cannubi. The oldest bottle from the Langhe region we have a record of is a Cannubi 1752, way before the Barolo DOCG appellation was established in 1980.
WHITE: What is your favorite pairing with today’s wine?
FRANCESCO: I really like to pair our Barolo with braised beef cooked for a long time with a wine based sauce. Here in the Piedmont we have a local cattle breed that have the perfect meat to cook this kind of dish.
WHITE: In your opinion, what makes the Barolo & Piedmont so special?
FRANCESCO: The great diversity of terroirs that are capable of making authentic wines with different personalities. Furthermore the Nebbiolo grown in Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero produces unique wines.
WHITE: What is occupying your time at the winery these days?
FRANCESCO: Working in a very small winery allows me to have a very seasonable schedule. Specifically in this period of the year I dedicate a lot of time to promoting and communicating our wines to journalist tastings or new vintage presentations.
WHITE: How would you recommend people approach your wines and wine in general?
FRANCESCO: Discovering a wine it is not only a matter of magazine reviews or critic’s scores, it is a way to learn about people and culture that live together with the vines that will give birth to great wines.
WHITE: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
WINEMAKER: Yes, I really would like to share some time with them at the Cascina Bruciata winery. Come to visit us to learn about our lifestyle, culture and taste. Our cellar doors are always open to visitors!
WHITE: Thank you so much for your time. We learned a lot about you – and your wine. Keep up the great work, we are big fans!
FRANCESCO: Thank you and to The Wine Spies for your attention to our land and wines! Arrivederci!
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
The approximate location of the Cascina Bruciata and its vineyards can be seen in this satellite photo.
What the Winery Says
About This Wine:
The nose on this Barolo has an aristocratic character and the wine comes from one of the most prestigious crus in the DOCG, the Cannubi. The floral notes are well balanced with red fruit flavors (cherries and blackberry.) In the mouth it starts with a fresh and lively tannic structure, showing great concentration and a smooth balance. It finishes witha long and extremely elegant aftertaste. This Barolo has a fantastic ageing potential.
About The Winery:
In the comune of Barbaresco, the top vineyard sites or “crus” have always been considered to be Santo Stefano, Rabaja and Rio Sordo. The Balbo family has long owned a good portion of the Rio Sordo cru, and sold grapes to prominent local winemakers. In recent years, they have employed the services as vineyard manager of Federico Curtaz, renowned locally for developing the vineyard sites of Angelo Gaja. In addition, they have obtained as their own winemaker Guido Martinetti, who has received eight ?Tre Bicchieri? (Three Glasses) awards from Gambero Rosso/Slow Food?s ?Vini d?Italia? – all by the age of thirty. In addition to their two cru Barbarescos, the estate produces small amounts of Dolcetto and Nebbiolo Langhe. ?A promising debut in the Guide for this small Barbaresco winery with ideally situated vineyards. The Balbo family, helped by Guido Martinetti and Federico Curtaz produce excellent wines. The two Barbarescos have a distinctive, precise style. The Dolcettos are enjoyably fruity. (Gambero Rossos Vini d’Italia)
Appelation: Barolo DOCG
Varietals: 100% Nebbiolo
Vinification: Grapes aare removed from stalk and gently pressed; maceration on skins for 13 days at around 30 degrees C.
Vineyard: 10 year old vines – Cannubi-Muscatel cru, in Barolo (Cuneo) Piedmont
Aging: Aged for 3 years in French oak barriques. (20% new oak maximum)