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Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis 2015

The Bricco Boschis cru produces this Estate’s most emblematic Barolo. This is crafted mostly from two parcels within this single vineyard. Firstly there is the Punta Marcello that lies on the top of the slope, by the cantina. This cool terroir is known for its fragrant, pale juice and long, angular tannins. Then there is the Vigna Colle Sud-Ovest parcel of the Bricco Boschis, lying at a lower elevation and facing south, in the warmest microclimate of the vineyard. The wines from these vines are much fleshier and more accessible when young, with darker, fruit-rich juice and softer tannins. The renowned Vigna San Giuseppe vines also contribute something to the blend. Together these three components form a complete picture of the cru, at once complementing each other and building aromatic and structural complexity into the final blend.

Although there is the more premium Vigna San Giuseppe Riserva that comes from this site, it would be a mistake to think of this wine as an entry-level Barolo. Bricco Boschis is a truly profound vineyard and the vines for this cuvée average around 50 years of age! The 2015 spent about 20 days on skins before being aged in Slavonian oak casks of various sizes (all large, between 1,000-10,000 litres) for three and a half years. The 2015 is a superb example.

“This is a review that looks far, far into the future since this wine is not even technically a Barolo yet. It has not finished its aging process. Tasted from barrel, the 2015 Barolo Bricco Boschis is shaping up beautifully. I tasted it next to the 2013 edition of the same wine that was reviewed last year (with 96+ points). This vintage shows depth and richness with generous texture and fiber. This vintage recalls 2011 and 2017, although it wasn’t quite as scorching hot. Of course, the 2014 vintage was not produced because of hail damage in the vineyard. After 2015, we will be treated to the highly anticipated 2016 edition.” 93-95 points, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate #237

 

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