Barolo "Tradizione" and "Innovazione"
Lately I have been tasting two Nebbiolo from Barolo in Piemonte:
2006 Cavallotto Bricco Boschis located in the Commune of Castiglione Falletto. Since 1948 the Cavallotto family producing mainly Nebbiolo wines with some Barbera, Dolcetto, Freisa, Grignolino e Chardonnay with the respect of the old fashion tradition of Langhe. All their wines aging in old Slavonian barrel oak made in Italy with long maceration on skin grapes to release more polyphenol and tannin to the wine especially for the Nebbiolo grapes. Wine with great longevity.
This 2006 was purple with a lovely garnet color on the edge typically of the Nebbiolo, the nose was complex mainly balsamic, herbs, mint, white pepper and licorice. Violet and strawberries where fine scents coming through all the time your put close the nose in the glass. Mouthful and succulent with a pleased tannin but very present in the palate; back of the palate the juiciness of the fruit was persistence with a beatifull long finish.
2008 Mauro Veglio, quite a new producer in this very old land of wine. He start in 1992 located in La Morra in the commune of Monforte d'Alba. La Morra nebbiolo have got the characteristic to be smoother in tannin for the exposition and the soil, clay and sand.
Was a 2008 barolo very good vintage a bit of sweetness very little, texturally with a clear expression of alcohol. On the nose release spiciness and licorice and very good present tannin definitely smoother than Cavallotto. What surprise me was the colour very nebbiolo style even if the producers using to rest the wine in a french barrique, a way to express the wine quickly, i reckon the use of oak was made very carefully and with great attention. A new producer and contemporary style of Barolo with short maceration and the use of small barrel, however the wine was a typical Barolo. Surprise me Well done Mauro Veglio.. Ps what perhaps i didn't enjoy was this hint of anise, was overpowering all the other complexity of the Barolo style sometimes.