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!

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Cavallotto Langhe Nebbiolo 2016
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92+ "I tasted the 2016 Langhe Nebbiolo from vat but am giving it a final score because the wine had been taken out of wood and was just about to go into the bottle when I visited the estate. This wine shows deep, lasting and increased aromatic intensity that really points to the

Cavallotto Dolcetto d'Alba 2017
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "The 2017 Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Scot is a bright and exuberant expression that is bursting with luscious primary fruit. The 2017 growing season, with its heat and dryness, was absolutely ideal for the robust Dolcetto grape. Some 13,400 bottles were produced. The wine will continue

Cavallotto 'Bricco Boschis' Barolo 2013
96  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 96+ "Cavallotto is on a roll with some very impressive new releases. The 2013 Barolo Bricco Boschis is a tremendous effort that has an edge on the excellent 2010 vintage in my view. The wine shows a beautifully exuberant but elegant bouquet with the ethereal and undertone fruit and

Cavallotto 'Bricco Boschis' Barolo 2012
94  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 94 "A firm, dense backbone of acidity and tannins shores up this red’s cherry, strawberry, mint, tobacco and iron flavors. A beam of succulent acidity extends the long, spicy aftertaste. Best from 2020 through 2036.—B.S."  " Ruby red at the core with slight garnet reflections, this

Cavallotto 'San Giuseppe' Barolo Riserva 2010
97  Wine Advocate 
Wine Spectator 97 "An old-school style, this complex red features an array of cherry, berry, leather, tobacco and underbrush flavors, backed by a dense, beefy structure. Long and powerful, with a savory, saline aftertaste. Shows ample fruit up front, but should be better in two to three years. Best

Cavallotto 'Vignolo' Barolo Riserva 2009
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "Cavallotto's 2009 Barolo Riserva Vignolo delivers less floral definition compared to the Riserva Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe. This a slightly more austere and masculine expression with broader brush strokes of dark fruit, spice and grilled herb. Barolo Riserva Vignolo's

Cavallotto 'Bricco Boschis' Barolo 2011
95  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 95 Cellar Selection "Dark berry, mint, menthol and a balsamic note are just some of the aromas you’ll get on this gorgeous wine. The full-bodied palate delivers ripe black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, refined tannins. Give it time to fully develop. Drink

Cavallotto 'Vignolo' Barolo Riserva 2008
97  Wine Spectator 
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

Cavallotto 'Bricco Boschis' Barolo 2010
98  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Advocate 96 "The 2010 Barolo Bricco Boschis is the flagship wine from this historic estate in Castiglione Falletto. The personality here is dark and brooding with savory aromas of cured meat and smoked bacon in a leading role. The intensity is bright and vibrant and the longer you contemplate

Cavallotto 'Vignolo' Barolo Rieserva 2004
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "The 2004 Barolo Riserva Vignolo impresses for its impeccable balance, silky fruit and polished tannins. The deceptively mid-weight yet graceful Vignolo has already begun to shut down in bottle, but it has more than enough pedigree to age beautifully for many, many years. Floral

Cavallotto 'San Giuseppe' Barolo Riserva 2006
96  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94-96 "The 2006 Barolo Riserva Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe is a cool, inward wine. It boasts striking power and masses of fruit in an implosive style that will require many years to show at its best. The 2006 is all about sheer energy, power and muscle. Layers of fruit begin to

Cavallotto 'Vignolo' Barolo Riserva Nebbiolo 2006
97  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 95-97  "The 2006 Barolo Riserva Vignolo literally sparkles on the palate with layers of brilliant dark red fruit, flowers, mint and spices. It shows striking inner sweetness and perfume, with big yet well-integrated tannins and breathtaking balance. This is a great 2006 Barolo in the

Cavallotto 'Bricco Boschis' Barolo 2005
93  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 93 "The 2005 Barolo Bricco Boschis is gorgeous and linear in its expressive aromatics and focused core of fruit. Medium in body, the wine reveals outstanding balance and depth, with gorgeous inner perfume and a long, refined close. Sweet notes of menthol, raspberries and spices linger

Cavallotto 'Riserva Vigna San Giuseppe' Barolo Boschis 2001
95  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 95 "The 2001 Barolo Riserva Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe is simply captivating. Made in a dark, brooding style, it reveals a deeply layered personality that marries richness to depth, with generous tar, smoke, menthol, spices and sweet black cherries. As expected, it comes

Cavallotto 'Bricco Boschis' Barolo 2003
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92"Displays fresh plum and berry aromas, with undertones of mineral and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with refined tannins and a long finish. A solid wine for the vintage. Best after 2011. 1,580 cases made." ~J.S.

Cavallotto 'Riserva Vigna San Giuseppe' Barolo Boschis 1999
94  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 94"Medium ruby. Highly aromatic nose, showing spices, minerals and very ripe fruit, with flavors of dark stewed fruits, this is a wine of excellent length with plenty of sustain on the palate. Still very much in its youth."

Cavallotto 'Bricco Boschis' Barolo 2001
94  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 94"Loads of plum, chocolate and spices on the nose here. Full-bodied, with supersoft tannins and a long, rich aftertaste. This gives you loads of everything in a reserved, determined way. Better than the 2000. Best after 2008. 1,760 cases made. (JS)"

Cavallotto Bricco Boschis Vigna Scot 2009
90  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 90 "The 2009 Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Scot flows with gorgeous dark fruit, tar, licorice and underbrush. As always, this is a beautiful, supple Dolcetto with superb purity in its fruit, beautifully articulated aromatics and terrific overall balance. It is highly recommended. Anticipated