Cannubi is perhaps the most famous hill in Italy and is the most celebrated and prestigious vineyard with the Barolo designation. Historically, it is the oldest Italian cru when it was recognized in 1752. All the elements including altitude, exposure, soils, layout, and microclimate come together to result in a Barolo at the top of the designation. Lying on a steep slope, Cannubi was the first vineyard in Langhe to be terraced. Michele Chiarlo owns 4.5 acres of the vineyard with vines that are over 20 years old set in Tortonian and Helevetian-era calcareous marl. The terraces maximize an exceptional hillside exposure with a more than 50-degree gradient. The vines are thinned of excess bunches at the end of summer, leaving 5-6 bunches per vine on average. Hand harvested grapes are fermented on the skins in oak vats and then aged for two months in average sized oak casks before refinement in the bottle.

96 Points
Wine Enthusiast
2018 vintage
94 Points
Wine Spectator
2018 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2018 vintage was characterized by a long winter with abundant snow and then rain in the spring, restoring the precious water reserve after 2017 experienced very little rainfall. May and early June required careful monitoring of grape health. The year continued with a hot and dry summer, and the abundant quantity of fruit required the elimination of excess bunches (thinning of 30-35%). An ideal climate in the last weeks of summer and then mild days and cool nights of September allowed for a gradual maturation and the development of elegant and complex aromas and flavors.
Tasting Note
Ruby red in color, this aristocratic and complex wine offers notes of small fruits, licorice, and sweet tobacco. A full-bodied wine with silky tannins
Food Pairing
Mushroom pasta, roasted meat and game, mature cheese
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Nebbiolo
PH: 3.58
ACIDITY: 5.65 g/l
ABV: 14%
AGING: Aged for a minimum of three years - 2 months in oak barrels
Unique Selling Points
  • Produced only in excellent vintages with very limited quantities
  • Cannubi is the most celebrated and prestigious vineyard of Barolo
  • Cannubi is the oldest Italian cru, recognized in 1752
  • Very low yield, hand harvested with summer thinning of excess bunches

About the Grape

Young Nebbiolo can be tough, acidic and tannic; but mature, its blackberry and wild cherry flavors and aromas develop complex and sublime violet, rose petal, truffle and tar notes.
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