IL CABERLOT VERTICAL – DURING WWS 2012 - Villa D’este, Lake Como (11/10/2012)
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.
Il Caberlot vertical
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.
It must be the altitude and beautiful scenery that compelled you to give such lofty scores.
Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
It could have been but it has gotten glowing reviews by a number of publications.
How dare you question the self proclaimed super taster?!
Glad to hear that you had an excellent adventure, and it does sound excellent. However, I tasted the 2006 back in 2010 and although I thought it was good, it wasn't great, and I preferred the 2006 Saffredi. Others at the tasting shared this assessment. Can't help but think that the high scores may have something to do with the setting and situation, which is understandable.
In fact, I had been looking forward to tasting the Caberlot and was somewhat dissappointed.
The 2005 Bruno Giacosa Falletto Barolo at the same tasting was amazing and surpased expectations.
I don’t think I have ever claimed that I am a super taster. I recently started a thread on wineberserker where I got 0 out of 10 plus wines during the 03 Bordeaux single blind tasting. What I might have stated is that not all palate sensitivity is equal and some famous critics ability to taste wine is pretty poor.
I tasted the 07 Falletto Riserva and it was flirting with perfection where the Asili riserva was underwhelming. It is interesting to note that there are folks who also love the 06 based on erp responses.
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