"A Barolo of haunting beauty" -Antonio Galloni
2016 Cappellano Barolo Pie Rupestris

Posted by Joe Salamone

Cappellano produces legendary, absolutely compelling old-school Barolos.

In terms of longevity, Cappellano's Barolos boast a structure that can keep stride with the great distance runners of Piedmont, like Conterno's Monfortino and Giacosa's Red Label. 

photo of the featured wine

Pie Rupestris comes from the Gabutti vineyard in Serralunga d’Alba. The area is known for producing powerful and intense Barolos. The signature of Cappellano's Rupestris is certainly its muscle, but that's only half of the story.

Beyond all else, Rupestris is profoundly soulful with an elusive depth of earth, mushrooms, stones, and bruised herbs. For all of its brawn, it's the layers of flowers, dark fruit, and soil that define Rupestris.

The 2016 is a stunning example of the wine. It flaunts all the complicated nuance that the bottle is capable of. There's an intricate and imposing structure that promises that it will age magnificently.

As always with this wine, I should warn you that quantities are modest. It's very likely that we'll have to allocate.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits 

Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media:

"The 2016 Barolo Rupestris is unbelievably delicate. A Barolo of haunting beauty, the Rupestris is endowed with sneaky concentration that reveals itself only with time in the glass. Potent tannins and bright acids give the Rupestris fabulous energy. Readers should be prepared to cellar the 2016 for a number of years. It is one of the most reticent young vintages I have ever tasted here. Dried cherry, mint, cedar, dried flowers and sweet pipe tobacco linger on the sinewy finish." 

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