75cl * 14.5% ABV * Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Cavallotto has not (yet) gained the international recognition that it is due. They were one of the early pioneers crafting single-vineyard wines in Barolo DOCG. A benchmark producer of the region in the eyes of Monica Larner (Wine Advocate), Cavallotto is a traditional family estate founded all the way back in 1948. After 4 generations of unbroken familial ownership, the estate is currently run by Laura, Giuseppe and Alfio 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
Drinking Window: Now - 2036
"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 making. The tannins are huge, but so is the fruit. The 2006 Vignolo is going to be a fascinating wine to follow over the next few decades. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2036." 96+ Points, Wine Advocate (April 2012)
"Cavallotto's 2006 Barolo Riserva Vignolo is quite a bit silkier than the San Giuseppe, and I imagine it will also develop a little faster in bottle, but it is so fabulous I doubt readers will be unhappy about being able to enjoy such a fine Barolo without having to wait an eternity. Freshly cut flowers, sweet dark raspberries, licorice and mint are all woven together in a fabric of notable class and elegance. In 2006 the Vignolo marries power and finesse to a degree I have rarely, if ever, seen before in this Riserva. The 2006 has pure structure to burn. I can't wait to see what the future has in store." 96/100 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (May 2016)
"Complex and harmonious, featuring cherry, plum, leather, tobacco and soy flavors that meld with the refined texture and brilliant structure. This is evolving slowly, exhibiting fine grip and a long aftertaste of savory, spicy notes. Best from 2015 through 2035." 94/100 Points BS, Wine Spectator