95 Points, James Suckling
94 Points, Wine Advocate
"Wow. This is superb with a rich and powerful palate yet polished, velvety textured, and long and rich. Needs time to come together. This is better than 2010. Try in 2018." -James Suckling, April 2015 , 95 Points
"The 2011 Barolo Brunate is layered and thick with that high caliber of red fruit intensity you should expect from this celebrated single vineyard. Brunate is known for wines that are powerful and well structured. You get both those qualities here. But you also get enduring aromas of red fruit, blue flower, spice, anise seed and toasted nut that give the wine a sense of gravitas and profound inner dignity. This is a faithful expression of place and vintage. -Monica Larner" - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, June 2015, 94 Points.
The Damilano family are true ambassadors of Barolo. Their line of single-cru vineyards explore the vast and nuanced expression of Nebbiolo.
The Brunate" Cru is one of the most heralded in Piedmont. The Nebbiolo from this site is prized for its depth, power and brilliant balance. They have a distinct signature of clove, cinnamon, asian spice and crushed rose petals that adds complexity to the powerful delivery.
This newly released 2011 keeps the streak of great press going. Both Advocate and Suckling piped in with 94-95 point reviews. While 2010 dominates quality between the two vintages, Damilano's "Brunate" and "Cannubi" expressed more overall concentration and balance. A Barolo that certainly deserves a spot in your cellar!
Wine Advocate's Monica Larner on the Damilano 2011s:
- "I thought that many of Damilano's top wines performed better in the challenging 2011 vintage than they did in the classic 2010 vintage … Those sites seemed thinner and less expansive in 2010. But in 2011, the wines express themselves with extra intensity, beauty and richness. I am impressed with the work executed by Damilano in this vintage."
This is one for the cellar and don't even think about popping the cork for another 2 or 3 years. The wine is tasting amazing now, but will hit a higher note with more bottle rest. Great acidity, great minerality and tremendous backbone. After tasting this wine as I'm writing this offer, this butte has all the components to cellar for two decades. Wine of this caliber should be priced well above $100.
Winery Tasting Notes:
Color: Garnet-red with orange reflections
Bouquet: Intense with notes of violet, balsamic and small red berries
Flavor: Elegantly complex and persistent with nuances of red fruit, tobacco and licorice; takes on notes of truffle and cinnamon as it ages
Pairings: Ideal for grilled red meats, pork and game
The Damilano family business dates back to 1890 when Giuseppe Borgogno began to vinify his own estate wines. It is with great passion that Giacomo Damilano, the founder’s son-in-law, developed with his children a love for the vineyards, selecting and caring for them with great care in order to improve the quality of the wines. Over time, the winery’s production was transformed into a jewel that was passed down with pride in 1997 to Giacomo’s grandchildren, who continue to manage the winery today.
Paolo, Mario and Guido Damilano, the fourth generation, have brought new vigor to the family business while upholding Damilano’s historic production philosophy: high quality wines can only come from high quality grapes. With the assistance of agronomist Giampiero Romana and enologist Beppe Caviola, Damilano continues to hone and improve each vintage.
Ambassadors of Barolo, the Damilano line culminates in several single vineyard crus that explore the vast and nuanced expression of Nebbiolo in this region.
Pair with seared lamb loin thinly sliced on a bed of creamy mushroom polenta finished wih a drizzle of truffle oil.