2015 Bricco Boschis Roccheviberti
This famous Cru, one of Piedmont's best known vineyards drops away on the other side of the ridge to Claudio's Rocche di Castiglione vineyard. So it not only faces west but the soil is much heavier with clay and stones - so the wines from here offer a totally different expression. Famously, Cavalotto used to be the only producer of Barolo Bricco Boschis. Yet it is not a Monopole, much as they might like it to be! Others have parcels here, but mostly of Barbera or Dolcetto, and particularly down near the bottom of the big slope. Claudio continues to make his Barbera from his ancient parcels near the bottom - but has regrafted some of the better plots further up the slope to Nebbiolo and in 2014, to some consternation from his grandee neighbour, released his first Barolo Bricco Boschis. Totally different to the fruity ping of the Rocche di Castiglione. The nose here is loaded with savour - roasted meat, iodine, some evolved notes too - liquorice and balsamic season the dark berry fruit. This follows to the palate too - but there is a roundness to the texture an enveloping softness. Broad and open feel, with excellent push. So savoury it almost seems more evolved than the other wines, and this is certainly approachable now - but this brilliant wine will age too. Bricco Boschis not always so accessible, so young but as Claudio explains this is a very open style in 2015. A brilliant wine from this historic spot. L&S (Nov 2021)
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Roccheviberti's 2015 Barolo Bricco Boschis shows the darker, more virile side of Castiglione Falletto. Iron, smoke, game, tobacco and licorice add to an impression of pure, raw power. This somber Barolo needs a few years to come into its own, but it has plenty to offer for those who can wait. The substantial, resonant finish offers a hint of what is to come. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 92 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Feb 2022)
Claudio Viberti is the 3rd generation to be at the helm of this small but very special estate in Castiglione Falletto - one of the great cru of Barolo. His grandfather bought the vines, just 4.5 HA in 1946, but it was not until 2002 when the young Claudio took the reins that they bottled their own wines in earnest. His father and grandfather largely sold off their juice or their grapes to other local estates. Claudio is proud that since his tenure started they have bottled everything themselves and sold the wines proudly under their own label.
The estate's 'village' Barolo is made from a patchwork of plots of very old vines dotted throughout the village. It is the most perfect example of this commune's famed elegance. Pitch-perfect Nebbiolo.
Claudio's two 'cru' wines are both true wonders and take things to another level. Yet, fascinatingly they could not be more different. The village sits atop a tall, very steep ridge and Claudio has vineyards on each side of the ridgeline. The mesmerising Rocche Castiglione is on sand with some limestone and tuffo in the soil's make up. The vineyard faces south-east so gets the early sun and constant fresh wind that keeps it healthy and disease free. The wine is incredibly fragrant, with gentle bright fruit and a soft touch. Classic for this village - but so remarkable it stops you in its tracks, this is remarkably fine Barolo.
Claudio's other vines are in the hugely famous Bricco Boschis vineyard. For decades the Cavalotto family have been the only producers of Barolo Bricco Boschis, leading many to feel it was a monopole. This is not the case as several growers have Dolcetto vines here, Claudio regrafted some of his old vines to Nebbiolo and from 2014 has made his own Barolo Bricco Boschis. You can quickly see why this vineyard is one of Piedmont's most prized. Facing West it benefits from the warm afternoon and evening sun and the soil here is heavy with clay. The results are astonishingly good, powerful and broad in contrast to Claudio's Rocche Castiglione. Rich and structured, this is a wine that will require patience - but is an absolute gem. Rightfully an historic name - we are delighted to be able to offer this very rare gem.
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