Riserva 'Vignolo' Barolo 2015 95WA/95VM/96WS
Castiglione Falletto, Barolo
Vineyard Parcel(s): Various inside the Vignolo MGA
Vineyard Size: 1.35 ha
Vineyard Character: steep hillside
Slope Direction: South-West
Drinking Window: 2020-2038
• Full destemming; fermentation with indigenous yeasts only.
• Use of Horizontal Fermentation tanks.
• Traditional fermentation with semi-submerged cap with punch-downs and pump-overs.
• Controlled fermentation temperature at 29°C on indigenous yeasts.
• Total maceration time: 30-35 days.
• Malolactic Fermentation in cement tanks during spring following the harvest.
• Cask aging for 48-60 months in Slavonian Oak botti of 20-30-50-80-100 hl.
• Bottled 12 September 2018
• After bottling, the wine was aged in our cellars for a minimum of 12 months before release.
From this cru come wines of excellent structure with tannins that are soft and sweet from early in its life.. The perfume is typically intense and open, evolving into an intense spiced fruit. The initial perfumes are fruity and then followed by floral aspects, then spices, all open and intense. Generally excellent cellaring potential, though the wine is very enjoyable at an early age.
95 pts Vinous - GalloniThe 2015 Barolo Riserva Vignolo is a powerful tightly wound wine that is going to need a few years to soften. Its gorgeous translucent elegance is impossible to miss. Sweet red berry fruit gravel rose petal mint licorice and darker earthy tones all run through this compelling beautifully layered Riserva. Impressive. (Drink between 2025-2040) 95 pts Robert Parker Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Barolo Riserva Vignolo is a beautifully generous and richly layered wine. It opens first to dark fruit cassis and dried cherry but the bouquet takes you on an aromatic journey that remains very faithful to the basics of Barolo. The fruit cedes to dark spice toasted hazelnut and dusty earth or potting soil. The wine is quite interesting and compelling in terms of mouthfeel. The structure shows a tannic pitch that is sufficient to tie it neatly together. Yet the fleshiness and generosity of the fruit serve to give it more volume and dimension. Fruit comes from a 1.96-hectare south-facing site on the Cavallotto family property in Castiglione Falletto with 40-year-old vines. 96 pts Wine SpectatorRipe and packed with cherry, strawberry, wild herb and mineral flavors. Vibrant and beautifully balanced, showing a long fruity and herbal aftertaste. Delivers fine poise and harmony on an elegant frame. Best from 2023 through 2042. 580 cases made, 195 cases imported.
Vintage Characteristics: 2015 should be considered as "opposite" of the difficult 2014 vintage. The wet conditions of 2014 continued until March 2015 but the weather improved thereafter and the character of the season was sunny, warm and dry until October. A sustained heat wave struck the area during the last week of June and continued unabated until the 14th of August, when 3 days of thunderstorms brought cooler temperatures. The warmth of the mid-season gave the palate of the wines incredible richness and fruit. The cooler conditions with occasional rains at the beginning of October imbued the wines with a bit of "classic" character, seen in the optimal acidity and aromatic elegance.