Cavallotto - Castiglione Falletto
 
The wines of Cavallotto tend to be rather traditionally made, though with some exceptions, such as that rotofermentor int he cellar. Still the wines are quite attractive, and show a remarkable consistancy, faithful both to their terroir and the house style. On this day the wines showed an assertive herbal edge which was not off-putting to be but certainly more pronounced than I am familiar with. 
 
 
 
This is pretty complex on the nose starting out in an earthy vein with  a sweet carob note that's almost fudgy, then deep herbal notes with hints of quinine and mint that are almost peppery followed by cherry pit fruit with a hint of dried meats. Nice tannins are supple if abundant on entry with lively acidity supporting a nice core of cherry fruit that shows a hint of tobacco and some roasted fruit edges. The finish is a touch short with dry tannins shutting things down fairly quickly. 89pts
 
 
 
More directly quinine and herb scented on the nose with ripe dark fruits, a bit of plum and dark berry. Smooth and finely balanced on entry with soft tannins and integrated acids underpinning nice wild cherry/ touch of black raspberry fruit with nice dried herb hints. This is very elegant, with lovely darkly ripe fruit that remains fresh, with good focus and excellent flavor definition in the mouth. The small but classic tannins add a nice dry edge to the finish, which turns  a bit chunky and inelegant, and almost sweet with fruit. This just needs some time to fully integrate. 91pts
 
 
 
 
A bit of rose over strawberry confiture greets the nose followed by  a little meaty braised veal sweetness along with limestone, quinine and mint accents.  Soft and open on entry with juicy acidity highlighting the  small cherry fruit. This is a bit simple but shows a nice blend of richness and freshness, with good power and follow through on the long, limestone edged, small cherry fruits and gently herbal finish. 91pts
 
 
A bit stinky on the nose and not particularly clean. This offers up unusual aromas of grass, toast, and some beefy aromas along with a very earthy licorice root note.  Soft in the mouth with decent acids and a cooked fruit profile of plum and dark cherry with a strong medicinal overlay  that has an earthy sweetness to it.  This is quite tannic and dry, the tannins seem a bit woody  and seem out of proportion with the wine here. Not a good showing for this wine. 80pts
 
 
Limestone on the nose is followed by notes of cut grass, sweet mint, a little root veg , and a hint of toasty coffee. There is  lovely balance and elegance in the mouth with its black cherry core framed by gentle notes of  peach and limestone. There’s a great aromatic lift to the  lovely finish, which shows great tannins in a  cool and compact style that is full of fresh fruit accented with a tarry note and lent real drive by the juicy acidity. 92pts
 
 
Big red fruit, floral, and leather aromas dominate the nose over a  minty base note with hints of tar creeping in along with a lightly spicy note. This is elegant and finely balanced, very broad on the palate but this lacks a touch of height at the moment. The tannins here are quite refined, allowing the lovely bright juicy fruit with layers of mint and tar to flow across the palate and through the fine long finish. Showing nice tension in the mouth, this just needs a bit of time to fill out a bit but it doesn’t strike me as a wine for long ageing. 91pts
 
 
A little steeped herbal, marmite nose, with a touch of caramel and root vegetables  filling in under the core of small, slightly stewy red berry fruit topped with a touch of espresso foam. This shows some  big fruit on any, that leads to a nice core of tarry dark fruit and tobacco, all nicely cut with soft tannins.  Like the nose this is very savory, and not terribly fruity, but intense and fresh with a big tannic finish that does soften nicely with air. The finish is a little medicinal with a cherry cough syrup aspect and a hint of pomegranate fruit.  This really does soften quickly with air, don’t hang on to these. 89pts