One family, one cellar, one unique hill: the Bricco Boschis and the Cavallotto Winery; a family of grape-growers for generations. This is a place rich in history where the vines found their ideal home, in a superb microclimate and with geologic structures that contain an ideal mix of calcareous marl and sand.
The farm, which was officially founded in 1928, along with the vineyards and winery, are the beating heart of the Cavallotto family's work. The family personally supervises all the winery activities from the vineyards to cellars. The 23 planted hectares of the family farm cradle a much longer history that began in the 18th century: Bricco Boschis, then known as Monte della Guardia, was the property of the Countess Juliette Colbert. The current name is from Giuseppe Boschis, the vineyard manager of much of the Countess' estates, who inherited this land from her.
In 1928, Giacomo Cavallotto acquired the whole Boschis property, and in 1946 his grandchildren, the brothers Olivio and Gildo, began to vinify the estate's entire grape production for sale as their own bottled and labeled wine. They had learned how to make wine, in addition to the traditional viticultural practices, under the expert guidance of their father Giuseppe and their Uncle Marcello (both Giacomo's sons).
In 1948 the cellars were expanded to accommodate the growing production and the brand â€œCavallotto" was launched into the market with the first bottling of Barolo. 1967 saw the addition of the name of the cru â€œBricco Boschis" on the label, and 1970 brought the addition of the vineyard parcels to the label: Vigna San Giuseppe, Colle Sudovest (Southwest Hill), Punta Marcello (Marcello's Hilltop) and for the Barbera d'Alba, Vigna Cuculo.
In 1989 the family acquired 60% of the historic Vignolo Cru (adjacent to the Bricco Boschis) and were the first to bottle this cru on its own as the Cavallotto Barolo Riserva Vignolo. Since 1995, the vineyard plots of Colle Sudovest and Punta Marcello were reborn as a â€œnormal" Barolo (a â€œnon-riserva" wine, as had been the practice here from 1948 to 1967) with the name of Cru Bricco Boschis.
Dolcetto d'Alba parcel â€œVigna Scot" located on the hillside between Bricco Boschis and Monprivato/Codana.
Fermented with indigenous yeasts, macerated with submerged cap for 3-4 days. Aged in large Slavonian oak botti of 50 hl for 6 months, then in cement tanks for 6 months. No bottle ageingÂ before release to market.
Red and black plums, berries and spices emerge from the nose. On the palate, the wine has surprising depth and presence, with excellent ripe tannins and a bright, forceful finish highlighted with mineral notes. This one can sit for a few years, and will drink well until age 8-10.
This wine finds its best matches at the table, with first courses of prosciutto, salami, Alba beef tartare and vitello tonnato. The wine is excellent with pizza and pasta, with second courses of red meat in general, but also with aged cheeses.