Wine Spectator 97
"A rich, dense version, with power and beefy tannins supporting the cherry, wild herb, eucalyptus and tea notes. Tight and bursting with latent energy, so give this more time. Shows excellent length and resonance on the finish, which hints at the ultimate potential here. Best from 2018 through 2036. From Italy." ~ BS
Wine Enthusiast 95
"Layered fragrances recall rose, violet, perfumed berry, leather, tilled earth and baking spices. The delineated palate delivers juicy Morello cherry, white and black pepper, cinnamon and herb alongside firm but velvety tannins and vibrant acidity. Give it time to develop complexity. "
Vinous Media 94+
"Sweet, silky and exceptionally well-balanced, the 2008 Barolo Riserva Vignolo is all about texture and harmony. Floral notes meld into dark red stone fruits, plums, cinnamon, tobacco and orange peel. Today the aromas are quite closed, the result of the recent bottling, but all the elements are in place for the 2008 to develop into a gorgeous Barolo. Here, it is the wine's purity above all else that is striking. With time in the glass, the aromas start to gradually open up, releasing an incredibly expressive array of floral and savory overtones. There is so much to look forward to. - vinousmedia.com (September 2014)"
" This harmonious, full-bodied wine has an intense ruby red hue that, with age, changes to a deep garnet. Intense and fruity on the nose, it shows aromas of tobacco and liquorice with undertones of red fruit jam, dry roses, and violets. On the palate it is dry, warm, and supple with sweet and rounded tannins. Overall a well-balanced wine with a long finish.
The 10,700 Nebbiolo vines in the Vignolo vineyard, facing south and south-west, were planted in two years: 1948 and 1966. The soil in which they grow is calcarous and clayey.
The grapes themselves are macerated on the skins for a long time-about 26 days-in stainless steel vats. The wine is then transerred to traditional casks of Slovenian oak where it is left to mature for about 4 years. Finally, it spends up to a year continuing to mature in the bottle before it is released. " ~ Winery notes
Cantina CavallottoView all from Cantina Cavallotto
"Cavallotto may very well be the greatest Barolo producer few people have ever heard of, something that continues to mystify me. Truth is, it isn't just the Barolos here that are impressive, the entry-level wines are every bit as delicious and well-priced...Readers who appreciate a firm, classic style of Barolo will want to spend some time getting to know Cavallotto." – Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate
"These are classic bottles to the core, the result of rigorous management in the vineyard and long maceration in the cellar." – Gambero Rosso Italian Wines 2010
"Singular, traditionally-made Barolos." – Robert Parker, Jr.
The Cavallotto family claims sole ownership of the beautiful Bricco Boschis cru in the Castiglione Falletto district (also home to Azelia), where they have been growing Nebbiolo since 1929 and bottling their own wine since 1948. These richly structured wines place emphasis on elegance and longevity, attributable to excellent vineyards in the Bricco Boschis and Vignolo crus and traditional long maturation periods in large Slovenian-oak casks.
Steadfast devotion to tradition combined with a high regard and respect for modern viticultural and winemaking techniques result in complex and elegant Baroli that are released for sale only when they have acquired perfect maturity. The estate produces three Baroli: two riservas and their anything but "regular" Bricco Boschis. The Vignolo cru, sloping 60-80 meters lower in altitude than the adjacent Bricco Boschis holding, shows a "creamy" flesh. The 2004 Riserva 'Vignolo' rated 92-95 from Advocate.
The estate's selection of the finest vineyard within the Bricco Boschis cru is San Giuseppe (also 92-95 from Advocate for the 2004 Riserva), the epitome of Castiglione Falletto: a powerful, majestic wine of absolute authority whose sweetness comes with time.
Their Barolo Bricco Boschis is a cru in and of itself and consistently receives 90+ point attention from the wine press (90-92 from Advocate for 2006). Cavallotto also produces a stunning line-up of "little guys": Dolcetto 'Scot,' an incredible value, rich and complex; Barbera 'Cuculo,' sinewy and fleshy, with an astounding texture; Nebbiolo Langhe from completely declassified Barolo Bricco Boschis that shows its pedigree, and a remarkably harmonious Freisa (91 points from Tanzer for 2006). Also notable are two unique whites, both from Champagne clones planted 35 years ago in the Bricco Boschis cru: a steely Langhe Bianco, Pinot Noir vinified white, and a refreshing, all-stainless Chardonnay.
Alfio, Giuseppe and Laura Cavallotto successfully continue the family tradition started five generations ago, expertly transforming the grapes grown exclusively from their holdings into the most classic expressions of Castiglione Falletto!