Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Trip to Europe (Piemonte-Italy-Fall 2011)...Tasting at Cavalotto

(Day 11)
It was a rainy day in Barolo and foggy, also.

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We visited Cavalloto in Castiglione Falletto and met Giuseppe Cavalloto, who is one of the sons of this family estate.

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Cavallotto has an impressive property which overlooks their vineyards, including their most famous Cru, Bricco Boschis. The soil is yellow clay and it’s facing SW. Vines are average 50 years old. We even walked through the upper part of this vineyard and tasted leftover Nebbiolo from vine.

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Cavallotto produces total 100,000 bottles/ year.

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We tasted the following wines:
2010 Langhe, Pinot Nero (bianco)…Their blanc de noir. Vinified and aged in inox only. Little RS.
2005 Langhe (rosso)…Pinot Nero 100% red. 5,200 bottles were made and this was the last vintage. Giuseppe said they no longer make it because there is little demand for this wine.
2007 Barbera d’Alba, “Bricco Boschis del Cuculo”
2009 Langhe, Nebbiolo
2007 Barolo, “Bricco Boschis”
…25,200 bottles were made.
2006 Barolo, “Bricco Boschis”
2005 Barolo, Riserva, “Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe”
2005 Barolo, Riserva, “Vignolo”
..7,800 bottles were made
2008 Barolo, Bricco Boschis…barrel tasting
2004 Barolo, Riserva, “Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe”

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There will be no Vigna San Giuseppe for 2007 vintage, but there will be 2008. Wonderful tasting. Giuseppe was very kind (and shy!) and I learned a lot from him about their wines.