Visits in Piedmont Part 2

Additional Producer Profiles for Wines Tasted this Past May




Canonica

Gianni Canonica is somewhat of  a pioneer in Piedmont, one of the very few producers who has stuck with both traditional methods and organic farming for over 20 years. The results speak for themselves, though the Barolo tends to be almost modern with it's purity and freshness of fruit. I admittedly do not have significant experience with these wines, especially as to their ageing potential, but the wines do have excellent balance in their youth and so much fruit that I look forward to trying these with some frequency as they age.

2009 Canonica Barolo Paiagallo - Barolo

6,000 bottles

Barolo ferments for forty days, in cement or resin depending where he has space, open top, two punch downs a day, malo occurs when it warms up, then it goes in wood, 25 Hl barrels of Slavonian oak.

Minty and intense on the nose with lots of floral and licorice aromas layered over all sorts of raw Middle Eastern spices. Powerful and elegant in the mouth, there’s lots of depth here to the intense fruit. Very fresh in the mouth with nice tannins, a little rounded but not soft, this shows a beautiful expression of fruit, not as precise as the 2008 but more intense and complex, with huge follow through that drops off a touch easy on the finish.  Air brings out rich wild cherry fruit, that smells so fresh, in the mouth, full of nuanced woodland flowers and soil and vegetable full of dirt aromas. This shows the soft tannins of the vintage but not with the excessively easy structure. 92pts


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  • Probably you tasted Barbera 2010 Conterno Cascina Francia, because isn't possible Barolo 2010 is not in commerce until at list 2015
    Fusco

    Aug 18, 2013 at 2:57 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    No, it was the 2010 Barolo from botte, not from bottle.

    Aug 18, 2013 at 4:12 PM


  • Snooth User: Raphael Au
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    As always, I enjoy reading your articles on Barolo. While in Piemonte in May, I bought 6 bottles of Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste 2009. Amazing wine at a very reasonable 44 euros each ($130 in the US before taxes?!?!?)

    cheers

    Nov 02, 2013 at 12:05 AM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Thank you for your kind words. Oh boy that is a terrific buy. Just last night I enjoyed a lie-up of G Rinaldi that spanned 1956-2001. You'll have to be patient but you're in for a treat when the wine finally matures.

    Nov 02, 2013 at 1:33 PM


  • Snooth User: Raphael Au
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    I hope you are going to write about the Rinaldi experience (i'm so friggin jealous!!). What was the colour like, particularly on the earlier years?

    Nov 02, 2013 at 11:10 PM


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