Roccheviberti, Bricco Boschis, Barolo, Castiglione Falletto
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Roccheviberti, Barolo, Bricco Boschis
“Bricco Boschis is one of Barolo’s greatest single vineyard sites—and up until this wine came along, I thought its sole owner was Cavallotto. Claudio Viberti decided to tell his version of the Bricco Boschis story, and what a compelling tale it is!” - David Lynch, Sommelier & Editorial Director
The Vibertis have farmed a small stand of vines in the village of Castiglione Falletto since 1946, including a piece of one of its most celebrated cru vineyards, “Bricco Boschis.” For most of their history, they focused on grape-growing, not winemaking, and didn’t begin releasing wines under the Roccheviberti label until 2003. A single-vineyard wine from the “Bricco Boschis” site came well after that. This 2015 from Roccheviberti is the first wine we’ve tasted from this vineyard that wasn’t made by the legendary Cavallotto estate. That’s because it’s the only one, and, considering what a benchmark collectible Cavallotto’s version is, it’s got a lot to live up to. This 2015 passed the test with flying colors, displaying the kind of aromatic complexity and brooding power the vineyard is known for. The wine’s power is not expressed through blunt force. It’s about persistence of flavor and aroma delivered via bright acid and firm—not forbidding—tannins. In the glass, it’s a deep garnet-red moving to pink at the rim, with the full array of Barolo aromas on glorious display: Marasca cherry, black plum, cranberry, blood orange peel, rose petals, tar, pipe tobacco, licorice, and leather. It is full-bodied and relatively lush in its mid-palate fruit expression, but like all great Barolo, it is full-bodied in a very firm and focused way. It’s got the ramrod-straight posture of a well-drilled soldier and needs time in a decanter (give it an hour if drinking now) before its aromas and flavors truly blossom.
Alcohol: 14% VOL
Time in oak: 24 months
Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo
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