- WinemakerAlfio, Giuseppe and Laura
- VineyardCastiglione Falletto
- Farming MethodOrganic Practices
- Aging/Cooperage48-60 months in Slavonian oak botti 20-30-50-80-100 hl then rests in bottle for 12 months
- Residual Sugar0.6 g/l
Cavallotto Barolo Riserva Vignolo 2013
Double 97s...Cavallotto really outdid themselves in the cool and lengthy 2013 vintage. Deeply structured and brooding in its youth, this Barolo has become utterly fantastic over the last ten years and is ready to wow you with its complexity now!
Hailing from the Vignolo MGA (or cru, as it is widely known), this fruit is grown on steep hillsides of chalk and clay. In most years, this produces a markedly elegant and prettier style of Barolo, but in the long and cool 2013 vintage – another side of this spectacular site was revealed. Upon release, the 2013 Riserva was tightly wound, dark, and saturated, with a core that showed great promise – yet all agreed the wine needed ample time to integrate. Fast forward to today, nearly 10 years later – and this Barolo is SINGING!
Black cherries and plums, rich rose and violet aromas, with classic tar/asphalt aromas...you could teach a class on the aromatics of this Barolo alone! But the mouth is where this wine truly shines – as flavors of sappy, ripe cherries, raspberry compote, white truffles, eucalyptus, fennel, iron ore, and new saddle leather simply explode across the palate with a freshness that belies the age of this remarkable wine. Just now showing in its prime – with a full twenty years of life left to grow!
The parcel for this hillside is only a meager 1.35 hectares in size, with all the nebbiolo destemmed prior to fermentation on indigenous yeasts. The juice macerates on the skins for a full 30-35 days, pulling tremendous color and concentration despite the relatively cool fermentation temperature of 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The wine will then age for up to 60 months in large Slavonian Oak Botti – ranging in size from 20 to 100 hectoliters each.
This is a rare opportunity for delightfully aged, 97 POINT Barolo at a solid $50 below retail...just over 10 cases available so do what you must to claim yours!