February 16, 2020 - Drank from a magnum over the course of several hours. Texturally and visually light/thin but palate/taste wise full bodied. Modern and high alcohol (15%) but still very classy. Sweet and syrupy red fruit, vanilla, Asian spice, mint, truffle and some damp earthiness. The 2011’s for the most part drink great now.
February 10, 2020 - This bottle started much more restrained on the nose than the last, but on the palate is was open for business. With time the nose opened some but never to the extent of the palate. This shows a similar profile to the last bottle with bright and perfumed red fruits - cherry, rose, mountain herbs, green, mint, marzipan. This is high toned and nearly volatile but it manages to stay on the right side of the line. It's got a creaminess that comes out in the marzipan. So expressive, floral and sweet and tangy. Really herbal. Not the most elegant Barolo, but it sure is good.
2/18/20: About 1/3rd of the bottle has been in the fridge. As I'd expect, the chill and the time does this wine good. It is just great now - the chill takes away some of the heat and the volatility and it is cherry-herbal-marzipan goodness. Wow, so lush and lovely. Great texture and creaminess and perfume.
December 20, 2019 - This continues to be great and wonderfully open, with tar and roses in the noses and lots of fruit. The tannins are clearly present, but settle down after a bit of time in the glass (no decant needed). Undoubtedly, this is not a shy or reserved wine, but it has great balance and drinks so well now while I keep the 10, 12 and 13 packed deep in storage.
December 19, 2019 - Lovely violet nose, cherries, so forward is the fruit. This could be guzzled now but a bit of an alcoholic bomb.
October 29, 2019 - Wonderful. Youthful but very open for drinking. Beautiful nose with flowers and some leather, wonderful fruit with herb and savory notes and a long and clean finish. Flavorful, developing complexity, great balance. Lovely.
September 29, 2019 - Fully resolved and mellow, which is a bit of a surprise. The potpurri of spices reminds and the way the fruit sits reminds of Rayas but with a nebbiolo frame. Lush and soft with no tannin left, this is good to go and I wouldn't try to get it to old bones since it is superb now.
September 11, 2019 - What a beauty. Sweet and floral perfume. Has a pure and mature quality about it. Really no need to hold onto it - tannins are hardly noticeable. The fruit is sweet and high toned with a slight char at the end, and the finish lingers with the taste of licorice.
August 17, 2019 - Amazing complexity and length (floral, rose, pot pourri, char leather) with little primary fruit left more in the cooked side (strawberry and darker fruits). Quite a light style with good acidity
August 9, 2019 - Gorgeous. This wine flirts with perfection and would get there with greater depth and complexity. In any case it is simply gorgeous, somewhere between a Giacosa and Sandrone style-wise.
Very classic Barolo in many ways but with great fruit, rich and sweet. Loads of depth and complexity. Red fruits mixed with caramelised apple and pear. Also notes of light tar and roses.
Already drinking well. Personally I like good fruit in a wine and I am concerned that the fruit may not last so would recommend drinking it now.
June 28, 2019 - Brilliant nebbiolo from a magical winemaker. This is what good and mature Barolo is all about. Ready to enjoy and will probably stay strong for another 4-5 yrs. Everybody deserves to taste a wine like this to get a solid referencepoint for when a wine is at its peak. The nose was full of roses and little lovely mint flirt. The palate had it all - dark sweet berries, earthy, truffled aromas ..... when nebbiolo goes into its secondary (mature) stage the flavours just go on forever. I really loved this wine. Just came home ten days ago from a 4 days trip to barolo - with a lot of 2015 tasting in the belt. Nothing came close to this one. I do like young barolo, but everytime I find a wine in its prime, it lifts the experience to a completely different level. I feel extremely lucky, that I have a solid portfolio of Cappellano from 2010 and 2013 in the cellar. Feels like heaven is waiting for me. Btw - 2014 is actually not my fav barolo year, but even in this vintage Cappellano made fantastic barolos. It is like years doesn´t matter to Augusto, he is a true magician.