The Cannubi is one of Chiarlo’s most celebrated wines, produced only in vintages where fruit quality is deemed high enough to continue the lineage of excellence for which this Barolo is renowned.
This single vineyard offering exemplifies fine Nebbiolo: intensity and richness of palate, with a nose offering florals, leather, confectionary, and savoury tobacco.
It is a wine that will live a very long time in the cellar.
Forest floor, mature plum, new leather and game mingle with a floral scent of iris. Showing an attractive combination of earthiness and elegance, the savory, enveloping palate doles out juicy Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, truffle and white pepper alongside chewy, fine-grained tannins. Fresh acidity keeps it balanced and youthfully tense.
96 points, Kerin O'Keefe (September 2020)
Showing the austerity and nobility that defines this vineyard site, the Michele Chiarlo 2016 Barolo Cannubi offers pretty concentration and a velvety texture that is accented by savory tones of red currant, spice, balsam herb and dark tar or licorice. There is a pretty mineral note, but it is very subtle and offers an unexpected pinch of salinity once it is revealed. The loose, sandy soils of Cannubi always render an extra notch of flavor concentration, and you get this especially well in this classic 2016 vintage. This wine will start to be more accessible some eight to 10 years after the harvest.
96 points, Wine Advocate (July 2020)
A succulent, fine-grained Barolo with currant, berry and walnut aromas and flavors. It’s medium-to full-bodied with ripe tannins and a fine, racy finish.
94 points, JamesSuckling.com (June 2020)
This round red is permeated with cherry, plum, mint, iron and tar aromas and flavors. Shows a bit more fruit and flesh than many 2016s, covering the dense tannins.
94 points, Wine Spectator (February 2021)
The 2016 Barolo Cannubi captures the essence of this site in the generous style that is such a Chiarlo signature. Freshly cut flowers, sweet red fruit, mint, white pepper and cinnamon are some of the many notes that grace this silky, supple Barolo. The Cannubi can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring, but it also has enough pedigree to drink nicely for at least a number of years to come. It is one of the finer wines I have tasted from Chiarlo in some time.
94 points, Vinous (October 2020)