Barolo Without Compromise: 2009 Cappellano Barolo Pie Rupestris

Posted by Joe Salamone

Barolo Without Compromise
2009 Cappellano Barolo Pie Rupestris

The wines of Cappellano hardly need an introduction. When you think of unyielding traditional wines, these are some of the first to come to mind.

In short, these are some of the most uncompromising and compelling old-school Barolos out there.

When it comes to aging, Cappellano's Barolos can keep stride with the great distance runners of Piedmont, like Conterno's Monfortino and Giacosa's Red Labels.

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

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

In the 2009, Cappellano's deep muscular structure and savoriness really complemented the vintage. There's a deep complexity, grip and overall harmony to the '09 Rupestris. On the other side of the coin, the riper vintage tempers the sternness that young Cappellano shows, making it slightly friendlier than the norm.

Teobaldo Cappellano, who sadly passed away in 2009, was one of the great, unwavering personalities in all of wine. Since the 1980s, he insisted that his wines not be given point scores. Despite not having scores to drive interest in his wines, Cappellano's have become cult wines and yet they've remained fairly priced compared to many of their higher profile peers. Since Teobaldo's passing in 2009, his son Augusto, who had worked alongside his father for years, took the helm. Augusto has continued the steadfast traditionalism of the estate.

I'll just close by saying that these are some of the most soulful and honest wines around. It's always a pleasure to offer.

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Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits