Today's offer is years in the making—nearly six years, to be precise. As soon as we began hearing how excited Barolo producers were about the 2016 vintage, we started eagerly anticipating the greatness of our favorite Barolo Riserva pair: Cavallotto's Vigna San Giuseppe and Vignolo.
Just how great are the 2016s? Wine Spectator reviewed 220 2016 Barolo. Number one on the list is Cavallotto Vigna San Giuseppe 2016, one of only two 98-point recipients. Cavallotto Vignolo 2016 is number 4 on the list with 97 points (see the top four below, taken directly from Wine Spectator's list of 2016 Barolo).
More than half of our allocation is already spoken for—we were tempted to keep the rest for ourselves. These are due in late August but will be sold out long before...most likely within hours or even minutes of this offer hitting your inbox. Hurry, and our apologies in advance that demand will be greater than supply.
And don't forget to grab your Cavallotto Barbera and Dolcetto!
$179.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($199.95 regular)
98 points Wine Spectator, "Collectible": "An impressive red, this features a beam of pure cherry and rose, with strawberry, currant, iron and tobacco notes in supporting roles. Firm and dry, with ripeness midpalate, this lingers on the fruit, mineral and underbrush aftertaste. Combines finesse and intensity. Best from 2025 through 2045. 1,500 cases made, 100 cases imported."
98 points The Wine Advocate: "A certified organic wine, born in vineyards on a beautiful ridge in Castiglione Falletto with wide views of both the sunrise and the sunset. From this magical site at the heart of the Barolo appellation comes a wine that represents the very best of vintage and territory. Dark fruit, dried cherry, wild plum, rose and iron ore meet a perfect intersection that gives this Barolo a beautiful sense of balance and inner energy."
$149.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($164.95 regular)
97 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe, sweet cherry and raspberry fruit are accented by floral, mineral and wild herbs in this alluring red. A backbone of dense, dusty tannins provides support, and the ripe fruit returns on the savory finish. Excellent length. Best from 2023 through 2043."
Us: Extremely limited.
Wine Spectator's Top 2016 Barolo listings—you'll notice 2 of the 4 are today's Cavallotto Riservas:
$35.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($39.95 regular)
Our gold standard for Barbera, in a league with few (if any?) peers. 2019 is a powerhouse—if Barolo and Barbera had a lovechild, this would be it. Beautiful intensity and structure matches elegance.
$22.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($24.95 regular)
Cavallotto is Barolo royalty. One of my wine rules to share: any time you have access to a top producer from one of the world's great wine regions for less than $25, you have to buy. It's that simple. Cavallotto's Dolcetto is like everything they make: traditional in style, exquisite in balance. The Piemontese drink tons of Dolcetto—it is super food-friendly and great to sip on its own. Especially tasty and frankly, a total steal.