2018 Cappellano Barolo "Pie Rupestris", Piedmont, Italy

The 2017 is such a gorgeous and alluring wine. Sweet red cherry, spice, rose petal, mint and cedar all open in the glass, all framed by tannins that will soften with time.


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The vineyards in Gabutti in Serralunga d’Alba are unanimously regarded as one of the most prestigious ‘crus’ of the Barolo-producing area. They are located at the center of land with an extraordinary vocation for growing Nebbiolo, a vine that produces wines with remarkable character and structure perfect for aging. This is the birthplace of Barolo OtinFiorin Piè Rupestris: it is 100% Serralunga in its character ‒ a paradigmatic wine thanks to its severe and authoritative tone, with an austere but also generous and sharing manner ‒ as well as in the organoleptic characteristics: licorice, juniper, tar, balsamic notes, spices, and undergrowth are just the most recognizable and typical expressions of an aromatic patrimony which sketches, year after year, a veritable narration of the land. This is made authentic and trustworthy by our unequivocally natural choices and by an attitude alien to mediation. A narration that changes and evolves in time, under the sign of longevity and tradition.


A legend in Barolo—and among artisanal growers throughout Italy—Cappellano was one of the last of the region’s great traditionalist winemakers—and he was one of Barolo’s most compelling personalities. In 1983 he banished all journalists from his cellar unless they agreed to review his wines without scores. (He saw ratings as divisive among growers.) And he may have been the only person who, during his lifetime, made a Barolo from ungrafted vines.


Grape(s) Nebbiolo
Farming Sustainable