Villa D’este, Lake Como
Tasted Saturday, November 10, 2012 by dcwino with 466 views
Kelly W and I had the pleasure of traveling with Moritz Rogosky, the proprietor of Il Caberlot during our excellent adventure.
Since my knowledge of Il Caberlot is limited to a glowing TN of the 97 by Kelly, I was dying to taste the wines. Moritz poured the 02, 08 and 09 at the main tasting on the first night at Villa D’Este and the nose of the 02 was so different from any other wines I have had that I asked Moritz for a favour to organize a vertical for Kelly and me.
The story of the winery and their wines are nicely sated on the rare wine website.
This is a fascinating and unique wine. The nose displays a lot of Cab France characters, pepper, ash, flower and etc, but a bit more exotic, ie I could only describe as exotic incense and cannabis, and a very little if any green pepper. The palate however is very merlot like with sweet fruits, round, silky and nicely integrated tannins. Although the wines showed excellent concentration and jammy fruits the overall expression is quite cool and precise showing good acidity, minerality and structure.
Perhaps traveling with Moritz for ten days made me a bit bias but there is no doubt that this is a great wine with the unique varietal characters .
P.S. The winery makes 100 pt olive oil.