Cavallotto 2013 'Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe' Barolo Riserva, Piedmont, Italy - DECANTsf

Cavallotto 2013 'Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe' Barolo Riserva, Piedmont, Italy

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Cavallotto 2013 'Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe' Barolo Riserva, Piedmont, Italy

Farming: Certified Organic 

Winemaker/Chef du Cave: Giuseppe Cavallotto 

Established in 1948, Cavallotto was one of the first families of the area to bottle. The family farms one contiguous hiil, Bricco Boschis, in Castiglione Falletto. They are the sole owners of this hill and the only ones to bottle Bricco Boschis. The Cavallotto’s are firm believers in organic farming, they worked with the local university to develop methods that worked for their particular climate. They no longer use copper or sulfur in the vineyard, opting for essential oils of grapefruit seed and other less intrusive remedies to treat the vineyard. 

Grape Varieties: Nebbiolo

Terroir:  The Bricco Boschis cru shows an extraordinary mix of white, yellow and grey marls, punctuated by layers of sand. The mix of soils gives the wine from this cru characteristics from both the east and west subzones of Barolo.

Vinification/Oak Usage: A selection of the best parcel of Bricco Boschis, macerated for up to a month and aged in large oak barrels for 3-4 years.

Tasting Note: An good years (of which there have been many lately) the wine is definitive great Nebbiolo, showing the classic fruit notes (wild strawberries, red-currants) combined with other botanicals (tobacco, sandalwood, licorice, hints of spices like cinnamon), with beautiful balance. The tannins are there, but they make the wine savory and they are not bitter


99 Points, Robert Parker's 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. 2023-2050

96 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous - The 2013 Barolo Riserva Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe is fabulous. The aromatics alone are thrilling. This is what Barolo is all about. Rose petal, holiday spice cake, leather, blood orange and macerated cherry abound. Silky and powerful, the 2013 shows tons of density on the palate and yet remains light on its feet for such a big wine. The wine's sensuality offers a mirage of accessibility, but the 2013 is best cellared for at least a handful of years. There is nothing like Barolo, and this is a terrific example. The 2013 saw 36-38 days on the skins followed by five years in cask, with a preference for larger and more neutral oak that allows for a more gradual pace of aging in the cellar than smaller casks. 2028-2048

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