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Cavallotto Barolo Vignolo Riserva 2003

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93 points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): The 2003 Barolo Riserva Vignolo is a big, super-ripe wine loaded with dark red fruit, melted road tar, spices, licorice and earthiness. The wine's sheer opulence and richness almost manage to cover the tannins, but don't be fooled, the wine has plenty of structure lurking beneath. The wine's telltale floral aromatics reappear on the finish, giving the Vignolo a sense of lift as well as balance. These relatively compact soils retained just enough moisture to yield a Barolo of considerable class and vibrancy. Today, assessing the Vignolo and its sibling the San Giuseppe is like watching two thoroughbreds come out of the gates. It's quite possible that the San Giuseppe will be the better wine over the long-term but today it's the Vignolo that leads the pack. This terrific Barolo is not to be missed. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2028. (Apr 2009)

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HISTORY On the periphery of the Castiglione Falletto township, centre of the Barolo area, crowning the Bricco Boschis hill, one comes upon the Tenuta Vitivinicola Cavallotto (the Cavallotto Vineyards) of 25 hectares of which 23 spread of vineyards. Cavallotto Estate has been in the family for five generations and in 1948, the brothers Olivio and Gildo, who were continuing the work of their gra... Read more
HISTORY On the periphery of the Castiglione Falletto township, centre of the Barolo area, crowning the Bricco Boschis hill, one comes upon the Tenuta Vitivinicola Cavallotto (the Cavallotto Vineyards) of 25 hectares of which 23 spread of vineyards. Cavallotto Estate has been in the family for five generations and in 1948, the brothers Olivio and Gildo, who were continuing the work of their grandfather Giacomo, their father Giuseppe and their uncle Marcello, became the first people of the area to dedicate themselves to the production and trading of wines. These wines were obtained solely from the grapes of their own vineyards. Olivio's offspring, Laura, Giuseppe, and Alfio continue to produce wine which is made exclusively from the estate's grapes and from the transformation of these they obtain DOC and DOCG: Barolo, Dolcetto d'Alba, Barbera d'Alba, Nebbiolo Langhe, Freisa Langhe, Grignolino Piedmonte, Pinot Langhe, Chardonnay Langhe. VINEYARDS The vineyards of the Bricco Boschis estate extend over 23 hectares of which about half is given over to Nebbiolo vines for Barolo wine. The remaining part is sub-divided into Dolcetto, Barbera, Freisa, Grignolino and since 1989 Chardonnay and Pinot Nero vines. The Nebbiolo vines for Barolo wine can be found in two historical zones of the Castiglione Falletto commune: Bricco Boschis which is the seat of the wine cellar and the Vignolo zone. Bricco Boschis was sub-divided by the family in 1961 into three vineyards: San Giuseppe, Colle Sudovest, Punta Marcello. ESTATE The Cavallotto Estate extends to the east over the Bricco Boschis vineyards which are right behind the 1800 farmhouse. In the central body of the building, which is not underground, you can see the space assigned to the fermentation. The freshly harvested grapes are separated from their stalks and are steeped and fermented in stainless steel wine vats which contain hl 100 at a controlled temperature. The maturing of Barolo, Barbera and a part of the Dolcetto takes place in Slavonic oak barrels of 10, 30, 50, 80, 100 hl. Read less

93 points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): The 2003 Barolo Riserva Vignolo is a big, super-ripe wine loaded with dark red fruit, melted road tar, spices, licorice and earthiness. The wine's sheer opulence and richness almost manage to cover the tannins, but don't be fooled, the wine has plenty of structure lurking beneath. The wine's telltale floral aromatics reappear on the finish, giving the Vignolo a sense of lift as well as balance. These relatively compact soils retained just enough moisture to yield a Barolo of considerable class and vibrancy. Today, assessing the Vignolo and its sibling the San Giuseppe is like watching two thoroughbreds come out of the gates. It's quite possible that the San Giuseppe will be the better wine over the long-term but today it's the Vignolo that leads the pack. This terrific Barolo is not to be missed. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2028. (Apr 2009)

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