Cavalloto Nebbiolo, Langhe, 2015
The Wine Society - £23.00 IT24641
Tasting date - 18/12/2019
Appearance - Pale garnet
Nose intensity - Medium plus
Primary aroma - Red cherry, raspberry, red plum and a hint of violet
Secondary aroma - Smoke, toast and a hint of clove ( sweet spice)
Tertiary aroma - Meaty, leather, game
Sweetness - Dry
Acidity - High
Tannin and nature - High and firm
Alcohol - High alcohol
Body - Medium plus
Intensity - Pronounced
Primary flavours - Red cherry, raspberry, red plum
Secondary flavours - Smoke, toast and a hint of clove ( sweet spice)
Tertiary flavours - Meaty, leather, game
Finish - Medium plus
Quality - Very Good
The pale colour would take most students straight to Pinot Noir, Grenache, Sangiovese or Nebbiolo and the fresh red fruit on the nose and restrained use of oak would also point you in this direction.
At this point try to not make many judgements, take a quick taste and really focus on the tannins, not only are the tannins high but there is a firmness or grip to them which would be highly unusual for Pinot Noir. The high alcohol and contrasting lean quality are also characterisitc of Nebbiolo.
A Barolo or Barbaresco DOCG would be a little denser on the palate and the fruit would often not be as pronounced with a more savoury character, more new oak aromas may also be present if a modern example is shown.
The quality is quite straight forward with just a slight lack of finish putting it down to very good.