We are extremely fortunate to receive a limited allocation for one of Piedmont’s very finest traditional, and most coveted Barolo producers – Cavallotto from the charming, hilltop commune of Castiglione Falletto! With these incredible reviews for the 2016 Cavallotto Bricco Boschis, the estate’s most heralded and sustainably farmed vineyard site, one can easily understand why this is a serious contender for wine of the vintage, and should not be missed. No other ratings are available at this time, but this wine’s track record speaks for itself.
Wine Enthusiast – 99 points. “Aromas of woodland berry, underbrush, hazelnut and camphor form the nose along with a whiff of rose petal on this captivating, delicious wine. The full-bodied structured palate is still young and primary but already shows raspberry compote, ripe Marasca cherry, star anise, tobacco and the barest hint of game. Tightly knit noble tannins and fresh acidity provide the firm frame and impart serious aging potential. Hold for even more complexity. “Cellar Selection” Drink 2026–2056.” September 1, 2020 – Kerin O’Keefe
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 98 points. “All of these wines from Cavallotto deliver a very floral and perfumed subtext that gives lift and delicate buoyancy to the overall bouquet. This is the Castiglione Falletto magic that shows so well in this classic vintage. The 2016 Barolo Bricco Boschis offers dried cherry, sandalwood, bramble and forest floor. The wine reveals a slightly wild and untamed character that adds to its interest and personality. Overall, this is an elegant wine with a streamlined and elegant finish. The aromas are focused and bright. I can’t wait to taste the Riserva expression from this site when it is released in three years’ time. Drink Date: 2024 to 2045”. July 23, 2020 – Monica Larner
“The core of cherry and currant is framed by notes of hay, eucalyptus and wild thyme, with a solid structure that leaves a dusty feel, offset by the sweet, ripe fruit. Balanced overall, this is built for the long haul. Best from 2023 through 2045” – 95 points, Wine Spectator, November 18, 2020. —B.S.