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Cappellano has changed importers in the US, from Louis/Dressner to Rosenthal. Ours not to wonder why (well, we do wonder, but, whatever). This is not really good news here at CSW, because in the past we’ve been able to corner a large percentage of the local supply of the wines for ourselves, which enabled us to keep them in stock for extended periods; now – good news for you, perhaps – the wines will most likely be in much wider distribution (where we once took 15-20 cases of the Nebbiolo, for example, our allocation is now… ONE case). Prices are currently about the same, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see some serious increases in the future. If you’ve been buying the wines from us, please be advised that – at least as far as Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, and Barbera are concerned -what you see here now is what we’re going to get.

 

(Here, Baldo Cappellano shows us Barbera leaves in Gabutti. Note the color of the soil).

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, back at Cappellano, the wines are as good as ever!

 

 

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Cappellano 2009 Dolcetto D'Alba Gabutti

Cappellano makes only a tiny bit of this serious Dolcetto; which is truly a pity, because so many other Dolcettos fall so much short of its quality.  Instead of simple grapey aromas, the wine smells deeply savory, with a cool herbal Piedmontese element that Cappellano coaxes from the Gabutti vineyard.  The palette does have good fruit, but more noticeable is the earthy structure and long finish. JR

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Cappellano 2008 Nebbiolo d'Alba

We've said it before: Cappellano Nebbiolo d'Alba is superior to many Barolos. 2008 was a great vintage in Piedmont, and for Cappellano.

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Cappellano 2006 Barbera d'Alba Gabutti

This is a rich, cherry fruited expression of Barbera with a round, supple, body and very fine tannins.  The label reads 14% alcohol, but the palate displays no sense of heat or alcohol.  At Cappellano the Barbera is held back for several years to allow the wine to integrate, and the results are superbly well balanced with great depth of spice and earth.  One could enjoy this now for the delicious ripe fruit, but it seems to also be a great candidate for the cellar.  JR

Tasting at the same time, but from – on? – another planet, I did not find this wine to be rich or full-bodied. Instead I thought it was bright – yes, cherry fruit – and energetic. Perhaps I had in mind the many rich but enervating Barberas I taste in the line of duty, but this wine impressed me with its finesse and precision (despite, as JR notes, the 14% alcohol) – and this on a very hot summer day. There’s a ton of chalky minerality, direct to you from Gabutti. JW

 

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