The word 'benchmark' gets bandied around a lot these days, but few wines justify that classification more than this Nebbiolo. In average years, this wine comes from declassified young vine fruit from the great Castiglione Falletto crus of Bricco Boschis and Vignolo - so it is a wine that could be labelled as Barolo. In 2014, this went a step further. Due to an inclement harvest and very low yields, Cavallotto decided not to make any Barolo, and so all the Estate's Barolo fruit (including that from the oldest vines which produce the Riserva wines) was channelled into this super-cuvée. And boy can you tell! Harvested during the second week of October, the grapes were fully destemmed and fermentation began with indigenous yeasts. Malolactic fermentation occurred in cement tanks during the spring following the harvest. The wine was then cask aged for 18 months in Slavonian (Croatian) oak botti, and the wine was then bottled unfiltered. This truly is a mini Barolo. It could legally be labelled as such and it delivers accordingly in the glass. Rose, grenadine, sappy, forest floor and leather notes abound on both the nose and palate. It's a medium-bodied, juicy and pure wine with lovely perfumed drive and length, fine acidity and powdery tannins. A truly classy Barolo by any other name (in this case 'Langhe Nebbiolo').
"Cavallotto didn't make any Barolo in the 2014 vintage due to the cold rainy weather so the firm's best grapes went into this vibrant polished Nebbiolo. It opens with enticing scents of rose, perfumed berry, chopped herb and a whiff of tilled soil that follow through to the racy medium-bodied palate along with crushed raspberry, cherry, star anise and mineral. It's nicely balanced, with firm acidity and taut refined tannins. Drink through 2020." 90 points, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine & Spirits Magazine
"The 2014 Langhe Nebbiolo was born in what Alfio Cavallotto tells me was a problematic vintage with severe hail and rain storms. Because this estate farms according to organic and biodynamic methods, it lost up to 65% of its production. In fact, Cavallotto will not produce Barolo in 2014. The best Nebbiolo fruit was directed to this wine instead. Their loss is our gain as this wine offers a very good quality to price ratio. Fruit was harvested very late (the last few days of October) and the wine shows dark cherry ripeness with good structure at the back. The finish is slightly sweet and the wine ages in large oak casks for 18 months." 90 points, Monic