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After Teobaldo passed away unexpectedly in 2009, Augusto took over and despite the pressure on him, He went in his very own way in both vineyard and cellar with undeniable success. Gabutti is a magical old vineyard in Serralunga d’Alba on ‘ marna blu’ soils (blue marly limestone). Barolo Oitin Fiorin Pie’ Rupestris comes from the older vines, now over 80 years old, the Pie’ Franco comes from the ungrafted vines planted in 1989: a very fascinating comparison. Cappellano releases his Pie’ Rupestris & Pie’ Franco one year after most of other Barolos; when Teobaldo used to prefer the extra year to be in barrel, Augusto opted for bottle ageing instead, aiming for more fragrancy and precision.
I am always amazed how Gabutti vineyard and "Cappellano" always respond to challenging vintages. 2017 was warm but once again these wines are work of magic. Great tension, fine tannin and elegance.