96+ Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Cavallotto is on a roll with some very impressive new releases. The 2013 Barolo Bricco Boschis is a tremendous effort that has an edge on the excellent 2010 vintage in my view. The wine shows a beautifully exuberant but elegant bouquet with the ethereal and undertone fruit and spice aromas you get with Nebbiolo. Although the wine is never overdone, it does show silky persistence and a long finish that comes from the noble nature of the tannins and the wine's textural finesse. Yet, it is playfully deceiving in a way because behind that polished grace, it delivers impressive depth and power.
Commune: Castiglione Falletto Vineyard
Parcel(s): Various parcels inside Bricco Boschis, including the historic Punto Marcello and Colle Sud-Ovest plots.
Vineyard Size: 6.23 ha
Vineyard Character: hillsides, hilltop
Slope Direction: South, South-West, South-East, West
Drinking Window: 2021-2032
Harvest Dates: 1-10 October
• 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: 2013 is a vintage of character. The cool, wet spring fully replenished the water tables from the drought-like conditions at the end of 2012. The cool growing season bade well for Nebbiolo, and we expect great Baroli from this vintage. However, the other varietals suffered a little in the cool late summer and early autumn temperatures.