A stunning effort, one of the wines of the vintage. That wonderful uniquely Cannubi mix of glossy texture, finesse and depth of flavour. Long and sumptuous yet with a surprising brightness and lift you don’t always get with Cannubi. So stylish and effortless. Alluring, round, forest berry flavours with touches of griotte, rose, Asian spice and redcurrant as well as a warming kirsch note. A small parcel from which only 300 cases are produced. This is what the Scavinos call “Cannubi Cannubi”. (Their parcel is at the very heart of the Cannubi vineyard at the top of the hill where the mother rock is close to the surface. Soils are blue marne, limestone and sand. Shallow and rocky with a south-east exposure situated at 290 metres above sea level, this terroir makes for a wine combining silky fruit and powerful structure.) The first vintage Scavino bottled was 1985, the vines were planted in 1946 with the low-yielding, darker fruit Nebbiolo michet clone. Cannubi is one of the historic crus of Barolo, in fact such was the fame of the vineyard in the past that wines here were sold as “Cannubio” before Barolo as a defined vineyard region even existed.
97 Wine Enthusiast
Woodland berry, fragrant blue flower, tilled earth and balsamic whiffs of camphor slowly take shape in the glass. Boasting elegance and intense energy, the radiant palate delivers crushed red raspberry, sour cherry, star anise and crushed aromatic herb alongside a backbone of firm refined tannins and vibrant acidity. It’s still young, so give it time to fully come together and develop even more complexity. Drink 2024–2034. Cellar Selection
96 James Suckling
This is very chewy and powerful for a 2014 with a linear and long tannin structure that runs right down the center of the wine. Medium- to full-bodied, long and rich. A top 2014 Barolo. Try in 2022.
94 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Scavino family rents half a hectare of Cannubi and has been doing so since 1985. Vines at the site were planted in 1946, and although some have been replanted, about 80% of those old vines are intact. The site boasts well-draining soils that add to the aromatic identity and intensity of the wines. Fruit in Cannubi tends to ripen a bit earlier than the other grand cru sites in Barolo. This specific half-hectare sees harder marl soils compared to the loose sandy soils that distinguish the rest of Cannubi. Yields are extremely low due to the low vigor on old vines and the Nebbiolo clone (Michet) planted here. The 2014 Barolo Cannubi is a beautifully bright and clean wine with elegant tones of wild fruit, rose and anise. This wine exhibits soft and silky tannins over a compact mouthfeel.
94 Wine Spectator
The core flavors of cherry, plum and licorice are accented by banana, coconut, sun-kissed hay and mineral in this alluring and exotic red. Still bit compact, but delivers balance and a long finish. Just needs some time to relax. Best from 2022 through 2038.
92 Wine & Spirits
This wine’s intense concentration is a product of low-yielding vines planted in 1946. Its ripe red cherry flavors mingle with notes of dried fruit, taut tannins holding them firm. Oak-influenced notes of smoke, espresso and sweet spice predominate for now, suggesting this needs time in the cellar for the flavors to integrate.