2012 E. Pira & Figli-Chiara Boschis, Barolo, Cannubi, Piedmonte, Italy.
Chiara Boschis has crafted some beauties in 2012 and this Cannubi is a classic, and one that won’t need ages in the cellar to enjoy, it already shows great detail, charm and open fruit that makes this a wine huge winner for those that want to drink and not cellar a great wine! While easy to love young, this Barolo has serious stuffing and substance with love terroir and pure Nebbiolo character. The Cannubi is grown on sandy loam, grey marl and clay soils that allow the grapes to fully express themselves and in 2012 you get ripe flavors, bright acidity and velvet covered tannins, everything played into Chiara’s very talented hands and this Barolo highlights her feminine touch, this poised and lengthy Cannubi is a thrill and earthy/seductive with very sexy mouth feel and layers. The nose is alluring with dried rose petals, anise, lavender and amaro along with earthy red fruits leading to a refined and medium/full palate of damson plum, black cherry, tangy currant and wild forest berries along with tea spices, game/bacon, flinty mineral tones, cedar and subtle crème de violette. This Cannubi, from one of the world’s most prized vineyards, is performing well now and should gain over the next 5 to 10 years, but you’ll not be disappointed in it anytime you open it, best from 2020-2030, not too far off the fantastic 2010, it’s a winner!
($99-125 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive

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