Barolo Riserva Vigna San Giuseppe 2012 - 95/100 Punten Robert Parker
Boeket: Gelaagde complexiteit, subtiel spel van floraal en minerale tonen, pruimen en kersen, rozenblad en kruidige nuances. Palet: Direct diepgang en gelaagdheid, mooie nuances van hout rijping (umami), heerlijk rijp donker fruit, likeureus, eucalyptus, onderliggende tonen van aarde en kruidigheid. De prachtig rijpe en verfijnde tannine geven body en lengte. Een wijn die delicaat, gebalanceerd en subtiel genoemd mag worden.
Bewerking wijnkelder en vinificatie
- Volledig ontsteelde 100% nebbiolo druiven (Bricco Boschis wijngaard)
- Gebruik van verticale fermentatie vaten
- Traditionele fermentatie methoden
- Gecontroleerde fermentatie temperatuur van rond de 29°C en gebruik van inheemse gistcellen
- Totale maceratie tijd: 30-35 dagen
- Malolactische fermentatie in cement tanks tijdens het voorjaar na de oogst
- Rijping 48-60 mnd. in Slavonisch eiken Botti van 20-30-50-80-100 hl.
- Botteling, herfst 2018
- Minimaal 12 mnd. fles rust voor dat de wijn wordt vrijgegeven voor verkoop
2012 is een karakteristiek jaar voor Barolo San Giuseppe met gelaagdheid, zijde zachte tannine structuur, gebalanceerd en verfijnde zuren.
WineSpectator: 97/100 punten
This is full of sweet, ripe plum, cherry, leather, soy and tobacco aromas and flavors, with smoky notes of autumn woods. Though firmly structured, there's energy here that carries through the long, detailed finish. Evokes both strength and elegance. Drink now through 2040.
Robert Parker: 95/100 punten
Here is another excellent rendition of the celebrated Bricco Boschis cru (one of the best performing vineyards in Castiglione Falletto) from the talented Cavallotto family. The 2012 Barolo Riserva Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe sees fruit picked only from the central part of the vineyard parcel. This area suffers less stress during the hottest months of summer because it is more protected and isolated. This wine is the proverbial overachiever among this estate's new releases. The bouquet shows a highly refined and focused quality with extreme varietal precision. The 2012 vintage stands somewhere in between 2010 for its elegance and 2011 for its power. In fact, I tasted this wine next to the 2011 expression and found that the 2012 vintage plays its cards closer to its chest. It has a lot to give in the future as it continues down its evolutionary path. Patience is required. Savory spice and smoke make for an elegant twist on the finish.
Alfio Cavallotto and his family did not produce their headline wine, the Barolo Bricco Boschis, in 2014. The vineyard site was hit by severe hail that reduced fruit yields by 30%. They suffered even more damage after the hail because of rain and ensuing fungal diseases, like downy mildew. Cavallotto does not use chemicals during farming. Given these vulnerabilities, Alfio estimates that he lost as much as 60% of his grape production in 2014. To make up for the gap in the market, he plans to release the 2015 Barolo Bricco Boschis earlier than previously scheduled. I have included a preview note of this upcoming wine tasted from barrel.
Vinous, Antonio Galloni 94/100 punten
The 2012 Barolo Riserva San Giuseppe is a striking wine. Rose petal, mint, dried flowers and sweet red cherry fruit give the 2012 considerable brightness and floral lift, especially next to the 2013 tasted alongside it. Medium in body, with tons of supporting structure and energy, the 2012 impresses with its persistence, balance and classiness. More than anything else, though, the 2012 is not that far off the level of the 2013. It will drink well earlier and is also quite a bit less expensive. This classy, polished 2012 has so much to offer.
Antony Galloni (Vinous) score: 94/100