Cappellano Dolcetto d'Alba Gabutti 2012
Tight on the nose which is a bit leathery and gamy, with hints of a little campfire, some nuanced stone, mint and medical notes, and then a really pronounced rose stem aroma. This is incredibly fruity early on the palate, before displaying tense tannins and gaining earth, dried herb, and dried rose petal notes that flood the palate, The tannins are nervy and the acids pronounced if buffered nicely by the density of fruit. Today there's a certain softness, laid back style here, and this lacks the vivacity of the top vintages, but the long finish full of cherry and licorice notes, and the very fresh, clean style is promising, though this closed quickly in the glass so beware its closed phase. A classic Barolo in a clean, enlightened style.Add winemaker's notes
Editorial Reviews for Cappellano Dolcetto d'Alba Gabutti
Tight on the nose which is a bit leathery and gamy, with hints of a little campfire, some nuanced stone, mint and medical notes, and then a really pronounced rose stem aroma. This is incredibly fruity early on the palate, before displaying tense tannins and gaining earth, dried herb, and dried rose petal notes that flood the palate, The tannins are nervy and the acids pronounced if buffered nicely by the density of fruit. Today there's a certain softness, laid back style here, and this lacks the vivacity of the top vintages, but the long finish full of cherry and licorice notes, and the very fresh, clean style is promising, though this closed quickly in the glass so beware its closed phase. A classic Barolo in a clean, enlightened style.
from botte - What a huge nose, redolent of frutti di bosco with violets hint and a feral, earthy, animal driven character. Bright with acids in the mouth, packed with dense fruit and grippy, angular tannins. While very fruit driven the midpalate is full of crisp, black mineral tones. Excellent concentration and balance. Finishes with grippy tannins and power to spare, very pure and clean. Exceptional wine.
The nose here was so pure liquory raspberry fruit. In the mouth this was powerful and rich but still with a refreshing elegance. The tannins are a bit tough but balanced by very ripe fruit and fine acid. One of the best 2003's but one that will require 10-12 years in the cellar to be at it's best.
At first this is all about leather and ass on the nose, possible eass in leather on a hot day. Air brings out some minty notes and earthy beetroot and radish aromas along with a flash of minerality. Rich and chewy in the mouth with with lots of black cherry and black raspberry fruit. There really is lovely fruit here, a bit herbal, herb stemmy, and tree barky, but also long and layered through the mineral and slightly bitter finish. So it stinks a bit? Give this time.
Very finely focused on the nose with earth, strongly medicinal with some hickory oak-like aromas. This is a little minty and quite aromatic with hints of tree bark and a bit of forest floor, adding detail to red fruits that are sweet and waxy. With rich sweet fruit right up front, this is almost explosive on entry with fine tender tannins and bright acidity. On the back end this turns more savory and complex with layers of flavor and an innate brightness. There’s a hint of coffee cream on the transition to the long, elegant finish that adds yet another facet to this. Faceted, that’s what this is and something special that should be ready earlier than the Rupestris of the same vintage.
Liquory and quite mineral on the nose with rich, dense aromas of ripe cherry and plummy fruit. This actually smells tannic and tarry. Powerful on the palate, liquory and medicinal, this is incredibly concentrated with dense, aggressively medicinal fruit. This is majestic but not fruity per se, never will be elegant but powerfully complex and tannic with rich, slightly roasted black cherry fruit that should drink well for a decade or two.
Minerally and black-fruited on the nose with aromas of black plum, bit of prune, cherry in alcohol and tarry, spicy and gently smoky top notes. This is young and vibrant, tarry and closing with air. This is sexy, suave, powerful and rich with ripe fruit in a fairly plump style. There are plenty of spicy and earthy accents lending an almost black peppery quality to the chewy fruit. With air the tannins come to dominate the palate a bit, but this has great depth of fruit so I expect it will age quite well. Still a bit of a rustic wine but it shows the brilliance of the vintage.
Very dry, acidic Barolo. Tasted at the Snooth / Chambers Street Wines Magnificent Barolo Tasting
External Reviews for Cappellano Dolcetto d'Alba Gabutti
The Barolo Pie Rupestris – Nebioli, is from vines planted on American rootstock (Rupestris). It is not certain which particular strain of Nebbiolo was planted then and so the reference Nebioli refers to its unidentified clone. Deep in color and greater extraction than the Pie Franco, this wine is produced from an extraordinary plot of 60-year-old vines in the Gabutti vineyard.
Teobaldo Cappellano makes this Barolo using ungrafted vines, "Franc de Pied" in French or "Pie Franco" in Italian, resulting in a wine of amazing profundity. He doesn't submitt his wines to a wine guide or buy into any system of valuation, so his Baroli "Pie Franco" are virtually unknown and possessed of unique and impressive character.
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