September 2, 2020 - This Barolo is young, intense and sultry and it needed all of 3 hours in a decanter to show up. Really intense dark cherry fruit persists on the palate with complex notes of forest floor and smoky resins. Cavallotto Barolo's are notoriously traditional and long-lived and they are great but this wine is still 10+ years from peaking. 92+
May 17, 2020 - Pale Garnet. Red fruit, rose and leather. Very long finish. As the wine opened up it became very aromatic and I recommend decanting. Well balanced and elegant.
November 10, 2019 - Decanted for about an hour before a dinner of guinea hen with porcini on polenta. Redolent of tar and very subtle violets with soft tannins and minimal phenolics. Very well balanced and further improved with more air. No rush on this one, but extremely approachable right now.
October 14, 2019 - Really dry and reticent on opening, the tannins still present but they've thinned, and I hope that some fruit will emerge. Air softens the palate, but it's not really as giving as I had hoped, with some cherry and potpourri notes, but I was hoping that 15 years past the vintage, this would be in the drinking well zone. I'm wondering whether I waited too long - - has the fruit dried our already? - - or have I not waited long enough? The second night, this changed in the oddest way. The tone of the palate changed from red to black, and the tannins were gritty, the palate showing coffee grounds in taste and texture. A surprising showing, and I hope other bottles in my cellar show much better.
September 3, 2019 - Not sure what to think. There is something there in the traditional Barolo sense but then it disappears. Lots of toffee/caramel on the nose and flavour. Maybe the wine is in a bit of a dumbphase … but I doubt it.
As it opens up, the caramel flavours disappear. The typical Barolo flavours start to come through. Will try on day 2.
Much better on day 2. Toffee/caramel is gone. More tar, dark fruit, earthiness.
March 17, 2019 - Grande puissance, voir trop.
Arômes prononcés de réglisse, toffie.
Longue bouche, mais finale assez agressive, voir rapeux.
Manque de la délicatesse du barolo typique.
February 16, 2019 - Sweet cherry, Rose, rose wood, wood. Medium body but creamy mouthfeel. A finish with sweet cherry and vanilla. Fine grippy tannin on the finish. This wine needs food to cut through the tannin, and lacks complexity. Or another 5-10 years. 91-92 today.
January 24, 2019 - Followed over 2 nights. Aromatic and approachable, if still quite tannic. Nice smoke and tar elements. Ripe fruits, sometime hidden by the tannin.
January 23, 2019 - Lovely and very approachable if still just a tad tight.
November 30, 2018 - Here I found a forward and fruited bouquet with ripe crushed strawberry, giving way to hints of cedar, sweet spice, dried roses and hints of undergrowth. On the palate, I found grippy, mineral-infused textures, yet its vibrant mix of cherry and strawberry fruit perfectly balanced things out, as well as a bump of zesty acidity that lent the Bricco Boschis an energy that you don't find in many 2004 Barolos. The finish was medium-long, with lingering fine tannin and cascading minerals offsetting dried cherry and hints of spice. I would drink this any night of the week, and what a value it must have represented when released at 2004 vintage prices.