2016 Barolo Damilano Brunate
The Barolo Cru vineyard Brunate located in the commune di Barolo in is one of the most celebrated vineyards in the appellation and one of the five crus grown by the Damilano family. The Barolo Brunate is arguably the most classic wine in this group of five, thanks to its intensity and remarkable depth. You get dark fruit, rusty nails, blood orange and all presented in an absolutely pure and pristine way. The Brunate cru is composed of 25% sand, 45% silt and 30% clay, so you get a little more structure here compared to the more ethereal Cannubi located directly over the next hill. Damilano has made a great wine in this 2016 edition but only 2,900 bottles were made. James Suckling and Parker gave the 2016 Brunate 95/100 Points
Naturally made from 100% Nebbiolo coming from the municipality of La Mora from the single vineyard Brunate. In the glass, this Damilano cru is garnet red with orange reflections. The bouquet is intense with notes of violets, balsamic, iron notes, blackberries and small red berries. on the palate, the wine is intense, elegant and persistent, with nuances of red fruit, tobacco, licorice, truffles and cinnamon. In his younger years, decant this beauty of a Barolo and serve it between 16-18 degrees.
Damilano is one of the oldest wineries in Barolo. As early as 1890, Giuseppe Borgogno, the great-grandfather of the current owners, started bottling wines on their own domain. The long historical tradition was continued by Giacomo Damilano, Giuseppe Borgogno's son-in-law, and in 1997 Giacomo Damilano's grandchildren took over. This 4th generation (Paolo, Mario and Guido Damilano) has perfected the domain and has succeeded in raising the quality to great heights.
The vineyards are partly 'guarded' by one of Italy's best winegrowers, Giampiero Romana. Damilano is among the best companies in the area. In contrast to the average rustic 'old style' Barolos (which are also often drunk too young), the finesse-rich Barolos of Damilano display a majestic elegance. With their own ownership of over 40% of all Cru vineyards within the DOCG Barolo, the family has enough choice to select the right plots for each cuvée. These are internationally acclaimed Barolos of impeccable quality and are among the top of the appellation! In addition to Nebbiolo grapes, which are also used for the cuvée Marghe (the little brother of the Barolo), Damilano has also planted its vineyards with other varieties, such as Arneis and Barbera. The Arneis (meaning 'the bengel' or 'the rascal' in the Piemontese dialect) is wonderfully fresh and fruity with a mild spiciness. The powerful Barbera d'Alba cuvée Lablù is a real winner: full and rich with a velvety texture. This is a serious wine that easily distinguishes itself from the average Barbera d'Alba. The lighter-styled Barbera d'Asti also has an intense taste, but has a more elegant structure. Damilano gives you a new perspective on Piemontese wines: elegant wines with polished tannins and an excellent 'body'. Excellent value for money and absolutely recommended!
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Drinking as of||2022|
|James Suckling rating||95|
|Tasting Profiles||Earthy, Rustic, Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Red fruit, Tannines|
|Drink moments||Indruk maken, Lekker luxe|