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Cavallotto, Barolo Riserva 'Vignolo, 2016


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How do we still have Barolos from the magical 2016 vintage? This is big and bold with notes of ripe black cherry, leather, baking spices, and tar. A beautiful Nebbiolo that is starting to be approachable now, but you'll be rewarded if you have the patience to hold onto this for years to come.


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The village of Castiglione Falletto is rich with superstars—Giuseppe Mascarello, Brovia, Vietti, Scavino—and Cavallotto stands easily with the best of them. Of this elite group, Cavallotto's wines stand out for their deep fruit, brooding structure, rose petal aromatics, and incredible longevity.

Most of Cavallotto's grapes come from a hill called Bricco Boschis. Cavallotto owns all of it. Thanks to a mostly southern exposure at high altitude and a complex mix of limestone and clay, it's considered one of the top crus of a village known for many great crus. Cavallotto's San Giuseppe Riserva is made from the best grapes from the vineyard's oldest vines, mid-slope.

Cavallotto's other Riserva comes from Vignolo. It is next door to Bricco Boschis and just a little lower down the slope. The wine tends to be less powerful and more floral, and is perfect for drinking on a slightly earlier timescale than the San Giuseppe.

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"Enticing aromas recalling new leather, pressed rose, eucalyptus and sandalwood come to the forefront on this gorgeous, compelling wine. Full-bodied, structured and loaded with finesse, the precise palate is young but already delicious, delivering juicy Marasca cherry, raspberry, licorice, truffle and white pepper alongside a backbone of taut, refined tannins. Bright acidity keeps it energized and will fuel decades of evolution." -Kerin O'Keefe

What importer Skurnik Wines has to say about this wine...

100% Nebbiolo
The 10,700 Nebbiolo vines in the Vignolo vineyard, facing south and south-west, were planted in two years: 1948 and 1966
Calcareous marl soil
Maceration over 26 days in stainless steel vats
Aged in Slavonian oak vats for about 4 years, plus one year in bottle
Average No. cases/year: 580


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