Cavallotto Barolo Riserva Vignolo 2003
Wine SpectatorIntense aromas of cherry pie, with cream. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and rich fruit. Very ripe and powerful, this big, juicy 2003 is still fresh. Needs a little more time. A serious riserva for the vintage.
Wine AdvocateThe 2003 Barolo Riserva Vignolo is a big, super-ripe wine loaded with dark red fruit, melted road tar, spices, licorice and earthiness. The wine's sheer opulence and richness almost manage to cover the tannins, but don't be fooled, the wine has plenty of structure lurking beneath. The wine's telltale floral aromatics reappear on the finish, giving the Vignolo a sense of lift as well as balance. These relatively compact soils retained just enough moisture to yield a Barolo of considerable class and vibrancy. Today, assessing the Vignolo and its sibling the San Giuseppe is like watching two thoroughbreds come out of the gates. It's quite possible that the San Giuseppe will be the better wine over the long-term but today it's the Vignolo that leads the pack. This terrific Barolo is not to be missed. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2028.