Azienda Agricola Brezza Giacomo e Figli - Barolo Cannubi 2016 (1.5L)
The Brezza Family has been making wine and farming vineyards in Barolo since 1885. Enzo is the fourth generation of the family to lead the estate, where they have an enviable holding of vineyards in Barolo including the Cru sites of Castellero, Sarmassa and the famous Cannubi. As a matter of fact, it was Enzo who (along with his cousin, Maria Teresa Mascarello) lead an effort against the expansion of the Cannubi vineyard, which would have diluted the quality of the name by extending the boundaries to non-traditional sites. Their advocacy allowed the vineyard to keep its traditional delimitation on the sandy soils of the east-facing hillside vineyard, thus preserving the esteemed name of Cannubi and its legendary quality.
All of Brezza’s grapes are grown organically and hand-harvested. In the cellar, only native yeasts are used for fermentation and the wines undergo long macerations and extended aging in large Slavonian oak botti. All of their Barolos are made with the same vinification techniques in order to showcase the differences of terroir in each vintage. Enzo may be firmly rooted in tradition, but his knowledge as an oenologist allows him to craft traditional wines that are clean, precise and among the best in Barolo.
The Cannubi vineyard is arguably the most historic single vineyard in all of Barolo. In fact, the oldest bottle of "Barolo" is actually labeled as Cannubi 1752! These wines are distinctive, aromatically intense, powerful yet with an unyielding elegance. The soils are a mix of silt, sand, and clay, a merging of two of the four geological formations that characterize Barolo. Enzo owns 1.5 hectares in the heart of the Cannubi hill. The 2016 is a mid-ruby color with a light orange rim. On the nose, the wine is extremely aromatic and complex with aromas of sour cherry, raspberry, earth, spice and flowers. The nose gives you a tease of the haunting aromas into which great Nebbiolo can mature. On the palate, the Cannubi is full-bodied with excellent weight, depth of flavor and structure. Firm, mouth-coating tannins and zippy acidity perfectly frame all the complex flavors, leading into a long and elegant finish. This is a world-class wine that will age beautifully for 15+ years!