Barolo Cannubi Boschis Sibi et Paucis 2008
Each year, the winery chooses to put aside a small part of their production of the wines based in Nebbiolo. The winery holds these in their library under optimal conditions for resting, refining and the slow march toward maturity. The seal on the labels identifies these specific bottles and their path which began under the ground in their cellars.
This single-vineyard wine is typically dense and concentrated but shows incredible harmony and balance. The medium-weight structure shows delightful and seductive notes of berries and cherries, with floral and mineral aspects. In great vintages, properly cellared examples will drink well for 20+ years. The finish is sweet and broad, with moderate, ripe tannins and long length.
The vineyard is one of the great cru sites in Barolo, synonymous with richness and complexity. Sandrone’s Cannubi Barolo is grown on the soil of Cannubi Boschis, in a specific sub-section of the Cannubi hill. Cannubi extends north from the village of Barolo and has been planted to Nebbiolo on its south and east exposures for at least a century. It runs approximately southwest-northeast and is entirely inside the commune of Barolo, from which it displays the characteristics of wines from this village: profound aromatic complexity and comparatively softer tannins in relation to vines grown in Monforte or Serralunga. The “Boschis” subzone of the Cannubi (also known, historically, as Monghisolfo) is near the northern end of the hill, and is located directly across the little valley from the Sandrone winery building. The Cannubi Boschis subzone has a particularly good exposure to the south and southeast in a small bowl or “conca” that helps hold the warmth in the early morning. Its soils are sea deposits of calcareous clay, not very deep, with good drainage.
Each lot of the vineyard is vinified separately, and after destemming and light crushing, the must is covered with CO2 for a gentle warm maceration of approximately a day. Alcoholic fermentation begins about 24-36 hours later from native yeasts. A gentle maceration takes place in upright open-top steel tanks for the first 9-10 days of alcoholic fermentation. Immediately after alcoholic fermentation, which takes 28-30 days, malolactic fermentation takes place in 500 liter French oak casks. The wine is aged in these casks for 24 months, followed by 18 months of bottle aging.
The adjective that best describes 2008 is “classic.” From a climactic point of view, this vintage takes you back to the 1970s, with a rainy spring, followed by a gradual stabilization of the climatic weather over the summer that allowed the winery to achieve an excellent maturation and a unique balance of acid and tannin.
On the nose, the aromas give definitive and complex notes: first of all floral aspects such as dried roses and aromatic herbs, then fruity ones such as strawberry jam, dried fruits and finally almonds. These are followed by ethereal sweet spices: vanilla, licorice and nutmeg. On the palate, the wine is warm and enveloping, with excellent harmony and still a subtle contrast between alcohol and acidity. In the end, the finish shows harmonious, evolved hints of vanilla and licorice.
Follows organic farming but has chosen not to seek certification. Minimal quantities of Bordeaux mixture and sulfur (as allowed per organic practices) are used to control mold and fungus, and fertilization every 4-6 years occurs with composted manure from dairy cows.
Wine Advocate - “The 2008 Barolo Cannubi Boschis Sibi et Paucis is released ten years after the harvest. The Sibi et Paucis program of late releases sees only 1,500 bottles each of Cannubi Boschis and Le Vigne released to the market each year. This wine hails from one of the most overlooked vintages of the past decade, which, by the way, is showing absolutely beautifully right now. The bouquet offers savory tertiary notes with dried fruit followed by campfire ash, autumnal leaf and powdered licorice. The mid-weight mouthfeel is generous and rich with substantial volume and elegance on the long finish.”
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