Isa says: “Cavallotto is an extremely interesting producer. They’ve undergone a wonderful journey with a shift from conventional farming to something much more environmentally friendly & sustainable. Despite large holdings in one of the most prestigious vineyards within Barolo, they remain relatively unknown. I’m really drawn towards their Barbera. Often, Barbera can be a light quaffing wine, whereas here the family achieves greater depth whilst still presenting Barbera in its pure form. Delicate florals, notes of blackberry, softer tannins than Nebbiolo – it’s not its big brother Barolo but it certainly has its own charm.”
Established in 1948, the Cavallotto family have been blessed with a selection of some of the most highly regarded vines within Barolo. Majority of their holdings are Nebbiolo, the iconic grape of Piedmont, however they have a specific parcel of Barbera called Vigna del Cucolo from which they produce this cuvée. In general, Barbera is produced as a simple & easy drinking wine and the ‘poor cousin’ to Nebbiolo in the region. Conversely Cavallotto saw the potential of the grape from this site. The 2015 vintage spent 2 years aging in large Slovenian oak casks, and a further six months in bottle before its release. Cavallotto’s traditionalist approach to winemaking favours extended aging before drinking, with this Barbera just beginning to come into its drinking window now whereas most other Barberas from 2015 are rapidly fading away. Barbera offers a core of red stone fruits and delicate black fruits, with expressive floral characters.