Iconic Barolo Producer Selects United States as Introductory Market for Historic Release
New York, NY, September 22, 2015 – Iconic Barolo producer Damilano (www.cantinedamilano.it) has released its first-ever Cannubi Riserva to the US market, Damilano Barolo Cannubi ‘1752’ Riserva 2008. Comprised of only the best Nebbiolo grape selections of the 2008 vintage in the “grand cru” Cannubi vineyard, the wine is now available in select restaurant and retail accounts nationwide across the US. Reserved for only the very best vintages of Cannubi, the ‘1752’ Riserva has extremely limited production at just 6,000 bottles globally—3,000 of which will reach the US market.
“We have been developing Damilano Cannubi Riserva ‘1752’ for seven years, treating the process very carefully to establish the quality level to mark our very first Riserva,” says Paolo Damilano, fifth-generation family owner of Damilano Winery. “We’re very excited to debut this special wine in the US, which has grown into our most important market, continuously showing sophistication and appreciation for fine wines. We’re confident that our ‘1752’ will be recognized by American wine consumers as a unique and important addition to their cellars.”
Damilano Barolo Cannubi ‘1752’ Riserva was named in honor of the year that “Cannubi” first appeared on a label, which predates the designation of Barolo itself. The wine is made with 100% Nebbiolo grapes, hand-picked from two hectares on top of the Cannubi hill, the historical core of the vineyard; aged five years in sustainably-produced Austrian oak barrels and then two years in special bottles designed specifically for the Damilano Crus. ‘1752’ has a complex primary bouquet of rich, dark fruit and tertiary notes of spice, tobacco, leather and truffles.
A launch dinner for Damilano Barolo Cannubi ‘1752’ Riserva was held on September 21 at New York City’s famed Le Bernardin Prive restaurant, with dishes prepared specially by the restaurant’s Michelin-starred chef Eric Ripert, as well as Michelin-starred chef Massimo Camia of the eponymous restaurant at Damilano Winery, paired with a vertical tasting of Barolo Cannubi and capped by the unveiling of the ‘1752’.
The wine is imported by Vias Imports, with a suggested retail price of $275 (750ml). Available in 6-bottle special wooden boxes and magnums.
About Damilano (www.cantinedamilano.it)
Damilano is one of the oldest and most respected family-owned wineries in Barolo. The family business was started in 1890 when Giuseppe Borgogno, the great-grandfather of the winery’s current owners, began to vinify his own estate wines with the goal of producing the finest expression of Barolo. Over time, the original 12 acre property was passed to his son-in-law, Giacomo Damilano, who (with his children) developed a passion for the vineyards, selecting and maintaining them with great care in order to continue the family legacy. In 1997, the Damilano winery was passed down to Giacomo’s grandchildren who continue to manage the winery today. Paolo, Mario and Guido Damilano, the fourth generation of ownership, have brought new vigor to the family business, improving and developing the fruit that their extraordinary land has to offer. Always looking forward, they continually innovate to raise the quality of their wines.
About Vias Imports (www.viaswine.com)
Vias Imports Ltd., established in 1983, is the leading importer of Italian fine wines in the US market. Throughout the company’s history, Vias has discovered and brought to the US high quality, unknown but distinctive Italian wines that have become staples on wine lists and retail shelves throughout the US, including Produttori del Barbaresco and Damilano. Vias’s Italian portfolio is one of the richest and most complete in the industry, representing the finest wineries from all over Italy. Vias is the leader in discovering and importing fine Italian wines and unknown producers to the US as well as educating America’s wine trade about these great wines with innovative educational programs.