96 pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate
I had tasted this wine from barrel last year, and the wine was already shaping up beautifully back then. Staying the course, the 2015 Barolo Bricco Boschis shows extreme elegance and finesse. These are the characteristics of what is surely one of the most beautiful vineyard sites in Barolo. The Bricco Boschis cru affords a panoramic view onto much of the Langhe, with snowcapped Alps in the background. Barolo from Castiglione Falletto tends to show characteristics that are very fine, precise and linear. That's fundamentally what you get here despite the more exuberant and fleshy 2015 vintage. This wine is truly beautiful. Some 27,700 bottles were made.
Commune: Castiglione Falletto Vineyard
Parcel(s): Various parcels inside Bricco Boschis, including the historic Punto Marcello and Colle Sud-Ovest plots.
Vineyard Character: hillsides, hilltop
Slope Direction: South, South-West, South-East, West
Drinking Window: 2021-2032
• Full destemming; fermentation with indigenous yeasts only.
• Use of Vertical and 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 ageing for 36-42 months in Slavonian Oak botti of 20-30-50-80-100 hl.
• Bottled 13 September 2018
• After bottling, the wine was aged in our cellars for a minimum of 6 months before release.
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 heatwave 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.