2013 Cavallotto Barolo Vignolo Riserva, Castiglione Falletto, Piedmont, Italy

2013 Cavallotto Barolo Vignolo Riserva, Castiglione Falletto, Piedmont, Italy

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Description

The 10,700 Nebbiolo vines in the Vignolo vineyard, facing south and south-west, were planted in two years: 1948 and 1966 on the slopes of Castiglione Falletto.  The soil in which they grow is calcareous marl. The grapes themselves are macerated on the skins for a long time – about 26 days – in stainless steel vats. The wine is then transferred to traditional casks of Slavonian oak where it is left to mature for about 4 years. Finally, it spends up to a year continuing to mature in the bottle before it is released.   Average No. cases/year: 580

“The 2013 Barolo Riserva Vignolo surprises for the sheer darkness and saturation of its color. Upfront and without too much bother, the wine offers immediate richness and concentration with dark berry fruit, plum and dried cherry. There is a lot of intensity here, but the wine is more horizontal and broad in character than it is vertical per se. In other words, it shows a heavy center of gravity, and its very character is focused on richness and power. This wine ages in 20- and 100-hectoliter Slavonian oak botti for up to five years before its commercial release. Production is exactly 6,666 bottles”.- 95 points, ML – Wine Advocate

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