Barolo, while experiencing the greatest explosion of interest in its history, remains a bit of an enigma to many winelovers. The greatest wines have percolated their way up to the top of most people’s lists, both in regards to pricing, and esteem, but top wines are never simply about their quality.  Top wines have always also been about their reputation, a reputation determined by those supposedly in the know.

There are a great number of fabulous producers of Barolo who have, for various reasons, not achieved the sort of reputation that makes you famous. The most obvious and egregious of these happens to be the wines of Cappellano. The previous owner Teobaldo Cappellano, who passed away in 2009 had requested that the wine media not reduce his wines to a mere number. As a result most contemporary critics have respectfully refrained from scoring the Cappellano wines, myself included. I have called the wines exceptional and extraordinary, but that’s not enough. Without the high scores to confirm for the wine buying public at large just how good these wines are, and let’s not beat around the bush they are among the very best  of barolo, the wines tend to languish on the shelves. Even today one can find these wines from the last half dozen vintages all at or very near release pricing, which is exceptionally fair I might add. I am talking specifically of the rupestris bottling as opposed to the rare and much more expensive Pie Franco bottling, but I digress.