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Giovanni Canonica Barolo ‘Paiagallo’ 2015



Closure: Cork


Wines like these are so rare that it is impossible to try them before they land in the country and they invariably sell out before you get to! Following a little community demand, I’ve cracked the one and only bottle I have. Initially a little closed, opened in the glass. Savoury with a little lift, nothing excessive. FYI Alcohol is 15%. Quite elegant pretty cherry fruit, perhaps not showing the depth and length you’d expect from a Barolo di Barolo. It’ll be interesting to see how it builds over time. Ripe front, mid-palate grape tannins of lovely texture. Moderate length. A little alcohol heat to finish, by no means an issue. Leathery, earthy, and macerative secondaries layer in complexity. I would perhaps like to see it less developed at this early stage in it’s life. One to enjoy of the next few years. Tasted 16-VII-19.

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Why is this Wine so Yummy?

About Giovanni Canonica

Giovanni Canonica is a hidden legend in the town of Barolo. He and his family run a small agriturismo where, in the cellars below, he makes his wines. He has only 1.5 hectares of vines in the Paiagallo vineyard directly on the hill above Barolo. The only other proprietors in this vineyard site are Marchesi de Gresy and Fontanafredda, neither of whom does a mono-vineyard bottling from it. Gianni proves, in the right hands, that doing so merits consideration. His holdings are also separated from the conventional vineyard work of the other producers in a way that keeps as much integrity to Canonica’s vines as possible. The vineyard is planted in Nebbiolo in the best spots and Barbera in the less interesting plots. Everything is traditional in the vineyard and cellar: no herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers, only sulfur and copper treatments, de-stemming, maceration for 30-40 days using only indigenous yeasts, vertical hand press, then into cement and slavonian oak for aging. A small number of bottles are made, mostly sold at the cellar.

The 2015 Barolo Vintage

2015 began with high levels of snow providing good water reserves. Combined with mild spring temperatures and various rain falls, bud break and flowering were early, followed by an excellent fruit set. From the second half of June throughout July, there was no rain and temperatures stabilized to above-average maximums. Fortunately the vineyards were not stressed thanks to the plentiful water reserves. In terms of quantity, production was average allowing for careful, targeted green harvesting with special care taken to ensure foliage was managed to provide good protection for the clusters. There was no disease pressure so preventative measures were not required. The white varieties were harvested between the end of August and mid-September and the excellent sugars were matched by wonderful acidity. The Dolcetto harvest began around the second week in September and the wines were aromatic, softer and deeply coloured. Barbera is the variety which perhaps most benefited from the 2015 season with the usually high acidity tempered by excellent ripe tannins, dense colours and richly flavoured fruit and body. Nebbiolo ripened perfectly, though slightly earlier than the last few years. The excellent quality of the tannins balanced by perfect acidity will certainly ensure elegant, long-lasting wines with good structure.

Tasting the 2015 to date we’ve found wines with lovely ripe tannins, a fresh fruit core and a great deal of sophistication. Delicious drinking to be had.

Where in the World is Giovanni Canonica?

The Paiagallo vineyard is in the Commune of Barolo, just to the north-west of the township of Barolo and the bottom end of the Cannubi vineyard. Ginzane Carvour is the north-east corner of the Barolo region.

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Where in the world does the magic happen?

Azienda Agricola Canonica Giovanni via Roma 47 12060 Barolo Italia