Piedmont Rarity, 1.8ha: 2014 Canonica Barolo Paiagallo

Posted by Ian McFadden

Last week, we offered Canonica's Langhe Nebbiolo and it sold out in less than two hours. Today, I'm happy to offer Canonica's rarely seen Barolo Paiagallo.

Canonica's wines have become some of the hardest to find in all of Piedmont. Canonica’s Barolo Paiagallo comes from a mere 1.8ha vineyard.

As a quick way to highlight how scarce Canonica's wines are, I'll point out that there are only two other listings for the 2014 Paiagallo in the country and the quantities are meager.

When you taste the soulful depth of Canonica's wines, you really understand why people devote so much energy to hunting them down. Their purity and their textural complexity are mind-blowing.

Canonica’s methods respect many of Piedmont's traditional practices and strive for as clear an expression of Nebbiolo as possible: minimal sulfur, foot-pressed grapes, indigenous yeasts, and aging in old oak botti. Even the labels are applied by hand. All of this results in one of the most authentic and compelling wines in all of Piedmont.

The 2014 vintage was a tricky one in Piedmont. Frost and rain at the beginning of the growing season were a headache for producers. Thankfully, September was gorgeous. There's no doubt that it was a mixed vintage, but there are some really beautiful wines. Canonica's is among them. The 2014 Paiagallo possesses an amazing harmony and clarity. There's lift and a silky texture that's really appealing.

We first offered the 2014 Paiagallo in July and I've been really impressed by how it has evolved over the past months. It's fleshed out, flaunting Canonica's lovely textural dimension even more and gained greater clarity of expression.

As we mentioned before, Canonica's Paiagallo is very limited. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits