This is a historic Barolo producer recently revived by a younger generation with help from Giuseppe Caviola. Over the past few years, vineyard holdings (owned or rented) have grown from 5 ha to 73 ha and the number of Barolo crus has now increased from two to four, plus their entry level Barolo, Lecinquevigne, blended from vineyards in five different locations in the Langhe. Cannubi has arguably the greater elegance and depth, and unfurls slowly with age. In Liste the oak can be more apparent, but is also dense and extracted with considerable structure. Cerequio has elegance and persistence, whilst Brunate displays all the characteristics of this vineyard forging a good balance between fruit, structure and acidity. Regular Lecinquevigne Barolo is excellent with plenty of Nebbiolo perfume and nuance if not the class or elegance of the crus. It similarly has lots of extract and intensity and deserves to be drunk with 8–10 years’ age. Dolcetto is very bright and appealing, Barbera is similarly cool and expressive and the herb-scented Nebbiolo has a red-fruits intensity.
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