It’s odd, because Italians also like large (occasionally REALLY large) formats for their wines, there’s no shortage of Supertuscans and southern Italian wines in bigger bottles, but it’s not really caught on in Barolo. I had a magnum of 2004 Massolino Parafada (which while not a common wine, isn’t exactly a rare one either) and that was labelled as being one of a 100. I’d guess at the moment it’s a bit of a chicken and egg thing, no one buys it in magnum because it’s not available so no one bottles it.
It’ll surprise no one to know I’d happily by Barolo in magnum.
The 2020 La Rocca has appeared for sale. I couldn’t resist a case for reserves as it’s just such a good white wine, and not overpriced (yet).
This has sealed a surprising decision I’ve been mulling over: I’m going to give the 2019 Barolo EP a miss. The reason? I have loads of 2016 in reserves and at a maximum Barolo rate of, say, 15 bottles a year, there’s just too much overlap between their drinking dates and those for the 2019s.
Also, I’m more excited by the prospect of getting more Greek and SA treasures into reserves, to add variety in 2 exciting areas.
So tempted to change my mind but best to stay firm, I think.
Did anyone else do the Cavallotto tasting? I watched it later in the evening, rather than live. Slightly to my surprise, I enjoyed the Barbera most. Tasting it alongside their Langhe Nebbiolo was interesting; the latter seemed a little lean and unforgiving by comparison but perhaps isn’t ready yet.
Fascinating to taste the 2019 Bricco Boschis at such an early stage, too.
Yes we had the pack too. The Barbera was a bit too sharp for me at present. Think Sarah said it could perhaps do with another year in bottle to soften?
Agree about the langhe but it was tough company for it to run with. Most surprised at how nice the 19 was. Had expected it to be impenetrable but actually got a lot from it.
Mrs Lewis tried all 4 blind and declared the 2013 best. Followed by the 19, then the langhe and the barbera last.
Thought it would help with EP decision making but if anything has made new add new possibilities to the list.
This is interesting to hear- Cavallotto themselves give much reduced drink dates compared to the 2010 and 2015 on their own website.
I made mention of this in my tasting note on CT a couple (ish?) years ago, assuming it to be an error (to cut a long story short, they give different drink dates on the Italian and English versions of the website, and by quite some margin on some wines), so now I’m intrigued. I thought it would be years off - in keeping with the perceived profile of the vintage - though in mitigation I would add that I always think in general 2013 is much more approachable than its ever given credit for.
(And out of interest does Mrs Lewis have a bit more info if it’s not too much trouble? )
Do they justify the quite high price tag. I am interested and pay almost as much for the Fontodi Vigna del Sorbos so if you reckon they would compare favourably with them then I would consider paying the price. I’m a bit hesitant as I’ve not tried them before and when I first tried the Vigna del Sorbo it was at a rather more affordable price! One bottle at this price is a good risk but three a bit more scary but how to choose?
Surely the 2023-2030 drinking window for these delights is overly conservative. Other websites put the end date closer to the mid 2040s. Thanks for people’s comments and knowledge share as I have zilch experience of these wines.
Not beyond some affirmatory “mmmms”.
I thought the 13 was ready to drink, the tannins were there but didnt stick out. What did others think?
Hard to make a proper appraisal sharing a 50 ml pour of course.