It is a bold red wine from Nebbiolo grapes grown in the Langhe section of the Piedmont region in northern Italy..
It was drizzly night and a good time to celebrate.
The sparkling was on hold, even though I toyed with the idea of opening a bottle of Berlucchi Franciacorta Brut.
The thought of celebrating with one of the the premier Barolo Cannubi’s in the world sent chills up my spine.
Yes, its 15% alcohol and yes, it should be decanted before using.
I had that under control.
To me, the match of white truffles and Barolo Cannubi sounds like a match made in heaven.
I was not so lucky as to have a white truffle hidden away for that special moment. What I had was my back-up, black truffles in many forms, whole and in a truffle paste. I chose the paste. What I did was quite simple. I made a truffle pizza to pair with this hearty wine.
The Cannubi was decanting. I could smell the Cannubi’s aromatics of fresh flowers and peaches.
It was now time to develop a special pizza for this special wine. I topped a pizza shell with mascarpone. Then I added freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano to the mascarpone and on top of that I added a layer of black truffle paste.
How do you maintain Damilano’s high standards from year to year?
What are the ages of the vines?
Please comment on the alcohol level of Cannubi.
“ Before the grapes are harvested, we make the selection of the grapes. We leave on the vines only the best bunches of grapes to decrease the yield to make those bunches of better quality. The more concentration and best quality mean a higher percentage of alcohol. Customers have to look for the elegance of the wine, not the power of the wine. So, many times when you taste my Cannubi, you don’t taste the 14% or 15% of alcohol.”
Has your process of making wines changed through the years?
How long do your customers traditionally hold onto bottles before opening?
I poured a glass of the Cannubi from the decanter, closed my eyes and went into another world—the world of my palate--sweet red raspberries, light tannins, rose water and dark chocolate, all held together by a hint of oak. The complex flavors flowed like a silky river that flowed for miles and miles.