2015 Cavallotto Langhe Nebbiolo

SKU #1321148 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Cavallotto's 2015 Langhe Nebbiolo is a terrific wine available at a price point far below Barolo or Barbaresco. This is a simple and honest expression of the mighty Piedmont grape that delivers extra succulence and primary fruit. You will recognize aromas of black cherry and wild rose with some tangy spice on the close. This is an elastic wine in terms of bottle production. Because the fruit can be used to make Barolo, this wine fluctuates greatly in terms of numbers vintage to vintage. For example, 26,000 bottles were produced in 2015, but that was cut to 6,000 in the 2016 vintage. Cavallotto was so happy with the 2016 fruit, they happily made more Barolo instead. On the bright side, that means more high-quality Barolo fruit went into this 2015 Langhe Nebbiolo. (ML)  (6/2018)

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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2018 | Send Email
Beautifully made Nebbiolo from the excellent vintage of 2015! This wine is young, yes, but it has all the right components. Elegant and restrained in style, the wine shows pretty floral/tobacco notes on the nose, followed by a slightly savory red cherry on the palate. The tannins are firm, but fine-boned, and the acidity is, of course, striking. While the wine probably needs a couple of years in the cellar, it is truly a stunning bottle, and will undoubtedly reward your patience.

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- Tar and roses are the two descriptors most associated with this red grape grown, almost solely, in Italy's Piedmont, where it has achieved fame under the guises of the incredibly and age-worthy wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. Characterized by chewy tannins, high acidity, high-tone cherry and raspberry fruit and truffle aromas and flavors, Nebbiolo has rightfully earned its reputation. Sadly the late-ripening varietal is quite delicate and is prone to disease as well as damage by hail that frequently pelts the region. Outside of Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is grown in the DOCs of Gattinara, Spanna and Ghemme. The Nebbiolos of the Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC in the southeastern part of Piedmont are generally lighter and more immediately approachable versions of the grape, aged for less time than Barolo and Barbaresco, which also makes them less expensive. Langhe Nebbiolos are generally made from declassified fruit from the aforementioned regions of Barolo, Barbaresco and Nebbiolo d'Alba.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.


- Piedmont is in the Northwestern region of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland. Piedmont is predominantly a plain where the water flows from the Swiss and French Alps to form the headwaters of the Po river. The major wine producing areas are in the southern portion of the region in the hills known as the "Langhe". Here the people speak a dialect that is 1/3 French and 2/3 Italian that portrays their historical roots. Their cuisine is one of the most creative and interesting in Italy. Nebbiolo is the King grape here, producing Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, the Barbera and Dolcetto are the workhorse grapes that produce the largest quantity of wine. Piedmont is predominantly a red wine producing area. There are a few whites made in Piedmont, and the Moscato grape produces a large volume of sweet, semi-sweet and sparkling wines as well.