Riserva San Giuseppe
'Bricco Boschis' Barolo 2015 96WA/96VM/97WS
Castiglione Falletto, Barolo
$156.99, sale, net
Parcel(s): San Giuseppe
Vineyard Size: 3.77.99 ha
Vineyard Character: hillsides, sheltered amphitheater, hilltop
Slope Direction: South-West
Drinking Window: 2022-2042
• 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.
• After bottling, the wine is aged for a minimum of 12 months more before release.
From this cru come wines of great structure but with elegance and complexity. The initial perfumes are fruity and followed by floral aspects, then spices, all open and intense. Generally excellent cellaring potential.
Vintage Characteristics: See above.
96 pts Vinous - Galloni
Cavallottos 2015 Barolo Riserva Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe rounds out this trio of new releases. A big, strapping wine, the 2015 possesses remarkable intensity to match its classic, mid-weight frame. Like all of these Barolos, it seems to have less overt fruit and more classicism. Camphor, licorice, menthol, pine, underbrush and scorched earth all run through the 2015, a big, brawny Riserva that will delight for many years to come. The 2015 San Giuseppe is what Barolo is all about. Its a must for Cavallotto fans.
96 pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The flagship wine from the talented Cavallotto family, comprising 8,938 bottles and 666 magnums, the 2015 Barolo Riserva Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe is still quite young but equally promising at its release. This is one of my favorite vineyard sites, and Castiglione Falletto, located at the center of the appellation, boasts prime positioning that unites the best qualities of its surroundings. Keeping in line with the vintage characteristics, the wine is generous in terms of aromas and fleshed out in terms of mouthfeel. There is plenty of red and purple fruit, and the wine gains complexity, thanks to pretty appearances of blue flower, spice, toast and powdery earth. The 2015 vintage is slightly softer and more accessible overall compared to the tightly knit 2013 and 2010 editions, two classic vintages for this Riserva.
97 pts Wine Spectator
Offers nice tension between the supple texture and firm structure. Shows cherry, currant and strawberry fruit flavors, with floral, mineral and tree bark accents. Balanced, delivering plenty of grip for future evolution. Best from 2024 through 2043. 1,500 cases made, 500 cases imported.