July 23, 2020
Just Arrived and Buyer Beware. Discover the “Greatest Barolo Producer Few People Have Ever Heard Of,” Highlights from the Monopole and the Grand Cru-Like Barolo of Castiglione Falletto and the “Epic” 2016 Vintage!
“In so many ways, 2016 is all about being in the right place at the right time for Barolo…the vintage is full of truly spectacular, breathtaking wines that capture all the pedigree that Nebbiolo and Barolo are capable of.” — Antonio Galloni
Buyer Beware - We fired the warning shot on 2016 Barolo and Barbaresco a few months back, and now the press is catching up adding to the excitement with “…the 2016 vintage is epic, presenting outstanding results across the board.” While exciting, it is unfortunate in that it does create more demand which means some of our favorite wines are more difficult to secure. One such producer is Cavallotto. Like Scavino and Rinaldi, with the recent press, we expect our quantities will sell out and wanted to make you aware.
The well-respected winemaker Enrico Scavino echoed this sentiment above on the vintage when he stated of 2016, “It's the best vintage I have ever made.” That’s a powerful statement coming from Barolo royalty! No doubt about it; all eyes are deservingly on the late-ripening 2016 vintage from the Langhe Hills. The classic year is already being compared to the epic performances set in 2010 and 2013 — and for good reason. We might add that there is more balance and generosity of fruit and less austerity in 2016, thanks to the long growing season. The IWM team is continually tasting through the vintage, and another wine that truly captured these alluring characteristics is the revered, but under the radar, Cavallotto Barolo 'Bricco Boschis.' An IWM original from the early days of the shop, this is one of those monopole, grand cru-like vineyards of Castiglione Falletto that combines power with elegance and is another MUST BUY from 2016.
Antonio Galloni said it best a few years back: “Cavallotto may very well be the greatest Barolo producer few people have ever heard of, something that continues to mystify me.” While it is surprisingly true in this day and age, this Barolo is classic IWM and we like it this way — you have a master of traditional Barolo who has kept their wines quiet with reasonable pricing. The Cavallotto Barolo 'Bricco Boschis' is the monopole and flagship of the house, one of the top-performing single-vineyards in the village of Castiglione Falletto. In 2016 the wine has achieved near perfection. And as with the early-release Langhe Nebbiolo from Scavino, expectations have been high since we tasted the 2016 Cavallotto Langhe Nebbiolo more than two years ago. That same explosive purity of fruit, depth and elegance of the Cavallotto house style, and Castiglione Falletto is packed in here. This wine single-handedly captures the vintage and gets us excited about what is to come! We emphatically recommend loading up on this wine, as it is deceivingly accessible for traditional Barolo.
The 2016 Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis has just arrived in and we anticipate it selling out with its two near perfect reviews, it’s fair price and pedigree, and the demand for the 2016 vintage. Additionally, we are including the 2013 Cavallotto Barolo Riserva Vigna San Giuseppe, which comes from the estate’s selection of the finest vineyard within the Bricco Boschis cru — Vigna San Giuseppe. It is the epitome of Castiglione Falletto.
Featured Wine: The Under The Radar Barolo of Cavallotto (Click to Order)
These artisans of the Langhe have been quietly producing Nebbiolo since 1929, and the Cavallotto family proudly claims sole ownership of the striking Bricco Boschis cru in the Castiglione Falletto district. It is here with its panoramic view of the Barolo region that the setting for another Italian fairytale story begins. At the end of the eighteenth century, the last Marquis of Barolo, the French Countess Juliette Colbert, decided to leave her land and the estate to her devoted vineyard manager, Giuseppe Boschis, whose namesake remains to this very day. Fast-forward to present day, and the fourth generation of the Cavallotto family is taking the wines to new heights. Antonio Galloni stated it best: “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.” However, what we would add is that while the wines are indeed classic, they are from Castiglione Falletto, and these are richly structured wines of elegance. The tannins are not forbidding, and the wine does not necessarily fall into the austere camp like many traditionally styled Barolo. This is just great, balanced Barolo with fruit purity and acidity that is best captured in 2016.
Additional Notes and Reviews:
2016 Cavallotto Barolo 'Bricco Boschis'
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “Normally I say it is the nose that is worth the price of admission alone at this address, but this time it is the color – it simply hypnotizes, and you can see the beauty of the vintage in the glass. But the bouquet doesn’t shy away with its captivating array of red fruit and herbs. On the palate, the wine is full, ripe, and delicious with its well-tamed and integrated tannins. Expect to find macerated cherries, raspberries, pomegranate, wild berries, licorice, citrus nuances, a touch of brown spice, and salinity with a supporting spine of minerality and acidity. It cannot be denied that with its alluring ripe fruit, the wine is deceivingly approachable today. However, there is plenty of complexity behind the rich layer of intoxicating fruit. This is one of the great under-the-radar Barolos that needs to be heard – and tasted.”
98 Points, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate: “All of these wines from Cavallotto deliver a very floral and perfumed subtext that gives lift and delicate buoyancy to the overall bouquet. This is the Castiglione Falletto magic that shows so well in this classic vintage. The 2016 Barolo Bricco Boschis offers dried cherry, sandalwood, bramble and forest floor. The wine reveals a slightly wild and untamed character that adds to its interest and personality. Overall, this is an elegant wine with a streamlined and elegant finish. The aromas are focused and bright. I can't wait to taste the Riserva expression from this site when it is released in three years' time.”
2013 Cavallotto Barolo Riserva Vigna San Giuseppe
99 Points, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate: “The Cavallotto 2013 Barolo Riserva Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe feels magically cool even as the wine warms in the glass. Eucalyptus, menthol and medicinal herbs rise from the bouquet, with dark fruit and savory spice in tow. When you first open the bottle, it shows a distinct mineral character with crushed aspirin, limestone and graphite. I opened a second bottle a few days before this tasting and had both bottles side by side to compare. Both showed impressive results with a pristine level of focus, sharpness and linearity. With aeration, those dark fruit nuances come to the forefront, showing dried cherry, plum and candied orange peel. A few hours later, you pick up on leather, tobacco and cedar wood. This is a fluid and ever-changing wine that is well worth adding to your cellar selection. What a beauty.”
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