2004 Cappellano "Otin Fiorin - Piè Rupestris" Barolo (Previously $400)

SKU #1276793 Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2004 Barolo Otin Fiorin Piè Rupestris-Nebioli is nearly as compelling as the 2008. Layered and totally sensual from the outset, the 2004 is a terrific example of the year. Perfumed aromatics meld into sweet red cherry, tobacco, licorice and spice. Firm tannins give the Rupestris a bit more austerity than is common in this vintage, but that also ensures the wine will drink well for years to come. So many 2004s are accessible, but the Rupestris is a Barolo I would choose to cellar for at least a few years. I have had some variability with Cappellano’s 2004s. This is an especially fine bottle. (AG) Inner quote mark (5/2017)

K&L Notes

Teobaldo Cappellano was a tall, pensive and imposing man--until you spoke with him, that is. His genuine warmth and gentle passion showed through in the wry smiles that often appeared during his conversations. He died in 2009, but will always be remembered as a staunch Barolista. His family has been producing Barolo since shortly after the unification of Italy with only 3 hectares of vine and very small, hand-crafted production. The wines are fermented along traditional lines for 2-3 weeks, without added yeasts, in stainless steel (ones designed by Cappellano himself) and glass-lined cement vats. Then they go into barrels of indeterminate age for a minimum of 3 years, sometimes longer. They are bottled without filtration. You will find no scores for this wine (Cappellano would never allow it), and you will find nothing like it in the world!


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