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Cavallotto, Barolo “Bricco Boschis” Piedmont, Italy 2017 (750mL)
The heart and soul of the Cavallotto operation is “Bricco Boschis,” which fans out beneath the winery in a southwest-facing amphitheater and reaches to 340 meters in elevation. The estate is right in the heart of Castiglione Falletto, which itself is right in the heart of the Barolo DOCG—right at a midpoint, of sorts, among the key villages of the zone, where the more clay-rich marls of Barolo and La Morra give way to more sandstone-influenced soils of Serralunga and Monforte. In the end, “Bricco Boschis” has more in common with the cru vineyards of Serralunga and Monforte in terms of aspect (southwest) and soil content—and it shows in this wine. It is brooding, mineral, and focused, instantly announcing itself as a long-term wine.
And yet, as is the Cavallotto way, the wine’s power is not expressed through heft and heavy oak influence. It’s about persistence of flavor and aroma delivered via bright acid and firm—not forbidding—tannins. Nebbiolo, as lovers of the variety know, is a “this goes to eleven” kind of grape: high acid, high tannin, high alcohol. The acid is critical in balancing/taming the other two, and in this wine, it’s the driving force (as it is in the best red Burgundies). In a way, this wine is kind of stealth in the way it presents itself: it feels lifted, even refreshing, even as it’s unleashing a torrent on your palate.
- Sub-RegionBarolo DOCG
- SoilLimestone Marl & Sandstone
- OakLarge Slavonian Oak 'Botti'
- Temp.Serve at 60-65° F
- GlasswareBurgundy Stem
- Decanting60 Minutes
- PairingRed Wine-Braised Short Ribs
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