Cavallotto Langhe Nebbiolo 2016

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About This Wine

The fruit for Cavallotto's Langhe-designated bottling is 100% Castiglione Falletto Nebbiolo and so could be labelled as Barolo. One sip and you wonder why the Cavallotto's don't sell this as Barolo! The reason they don't is simple: they need to produce a Nebbiolo Langhe for their markets and yet the only Nebbiolo vines they own are in Barolo. So they must 'fashion' a Nebbiolo from these vines. To be specific, the grapes come from both younger, sub-25 year old vines in the Bricco Boschis and Vignolo crus as well as 50-60 year old vines from two smaller Estate plots in the Codana and Pernanno crus also in Castiglione. Again, here is a wine that offers the kind of dense fruit and flowing smoothness that can only come from ripe fruit and low yields. It sees 17-18 months in botti before being bottled without filtration. It offers wonderful perfume and layer upon layer of completely seductive, sweet and complex Nebbiolo fruit in the mouth.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Nebbiolo
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Appellation Langhe
Brand Cavallotto
Vintage 2016

Wines of Tuscany

Tuscany, or Toscana in Italian, is one of the most iconic Italian regions for wine, scenery, and history. Located in central Italy along the west coast, its production of Sangiovese wines is world renowned. Some of Italy’s most famous subregions for Sangiovese such as Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano can be found here.

Tuscany makes both simple and top tier, age worthy Sangiovese wines. At entry-level you have a wine that is pizza and pasta friendly with bright and juicy red fruit. On the other hand, the highest quality representations of Sangiovese are remarkably complex with flavours ranging from sour cherry, balsamic, dried herbs and leather to fresh earth, dried flowers, anise and tobacco.

In evidence of the quality produced, Tuscany produces the third highest volume of DOC and DOCG quality wines in Italy, only trailing Piedmont, and Veneto. DOC and DOCG wines are the highest designation for Italian wines, while you will often see the IGT classification used to represent wines from Toscana that do not reach the standards for DOC/G.

There is another unofficial class of Tuscan wines called Super Tuscans which also command high prices. These wines are often made from international wine varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, with or without Sangiovese.

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