2008 Cavalierino – Vino Nobile – Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Riserva

Great wine from Montepulciano

Montepulciano Tuscany CavalierinoCavalierino might sound familiar to some of you because one of their wines is listed in my current top 10. To be precise it’s the 2007 Cavalierino – Vino Nobile – Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Riserva. Today I have tasting notes of the 2008 vintage for you. The wine has been released on the market only recently. Most Enotecas will probably still carry the 2007 vintage. Follow this link for tasting notes for the 2007 vintage

Cavalierino is an organic winery from Montepulciano, Tuscany. The winery currently produces eight wines. They cultivate 55 hectares (135 acres) but only on 10 hectares (24 acres) they plant vines.  Other products Cavalierino manufactures include a variety of high-quality salumi, pesto & other sauces, grappa, olive-oil and much more. All products can be bought online at their website.

Cavalierino is not only a winery, they are also an “agritourismo”. In Italy agritourism is quite popular. If you plan to visit Tuscany then considering staying a night or two at Cavalierino’s agritourismo. For more information on their accommodations go here.

Tasting notes

I could tell you much more about Cavalierino but let’s get to the tasting notes first! Maybe I’ll tell you some more after : )

Cavalerino’s Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is has the DOCG quality assurance. The wine is a Riserva of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano which means that the wine had to age at least 36 months in French oak. Additionally the wine stayed at least six months in the bottle before it was released on the market. The cuvée consists of Sangiovese, Prugnolo Gentile and Canaiolo grapes.

Cavalierino Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2007Prior to drinking the wine was decanted for one hour. Click at the bottle image to view it in full resolution.

In the glass, the wine had an intense ruby red color. The bouquet was very aromatic: Black pepper, cinnamon, blackberries, blueberries, vanilla and other red fruits. Alcohol by volume was label listed at 13.5%.

On the palate, Cavalierino’s Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva was dry. I tasted some of the red fruits again that I smelled on the nose. Tannins were rather smooth. The wine was full-bodied and complex. The best part was the extremely, persistently long finish. I could taste the red and black fruits for such a long time. It was incredible.

I’m still debating whether this vintage was better than the 2007 vintage. The wine will definitely be included in my top 10 in a future update. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano from Cavalierino is highly recommended. In Munich a bottle of this wine retails for 23€. With the help of wine-searcher I was able to locate a US-based retailer who offers the wine for 29.99$

It will be interesting to see how this wine will develop but even without additional aging I find this Vino Nobile di Montepulciano to be one of the best that I’ve tried so far (and I’ve tried many!).

Parting words

Let me conclude these tasting notes with some pictures of Montepulciano and the beautiful landscape around it. Tuscany is simply stunning. Simply click on one of the following pictures to start the sideshow. Enjoy!

Last but not least I have this video for you. A short interview with the owner of Cavalierino

For those of you who don’t speak Italian here’s a quick summary: The interviewer asks him what he did before making wine since the winery is rather young. His answer was that before he started making wine he sold electronics. He also speaks about why for him it was important to produce organic wine. His idea was to create a healthy wine which does not harm nature, that has a low amount of sulfites and is manufactured with almost no chemicals.

Hope you enjoyed these tasting notes! Let me know what you think about the wine and about Cavalierino in general!


17 comments on “2008 Cavalierino – Vino Nobile – Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Riserva”

  1. wineking3 wineking3 Reply

    Vino Nobile can be either really really good or really really bad. Glad to see that you enjoyed yours!
    Winetalks is right about the pictures – they are really beautiful!

    • vino in love Reply

      I like the pictures a lot, too. I’m always happy when I find good photos which I can use on my blog that use the creative commons license.

  2. Sean P. Reply

    Well-written article 🙂
    I have to see if I can get a bottle or two of this Vino Nobile..

  3. drinkforlife Reply

    Not a big fan of Vino Nobile. I find them to be rather bitter, flat wines which lack fruit..

    • vino in love Reply

      Well I don’t know which Vino Nobile you’ve tried. I personally wouldn’t describe a high-quality Vino Nobile like that. But then we all have different tastes 🙂

  4. talkavino Reply

    Based on your description, I really want to try this wine – sounds very good. I see that the bottle is listed only at one place is US, so ordering it online will quickly make it from $30 to $50 once you include shipping… I will see if I can find it elsewhere. In general, Vino Nobile wines are scarcely available in US – in a good wine store, you would find one or may be two different wines.

    • vino in love Reply

      Oh no! What a pity that Vino Nobile is hard to find in the US. I guess finding a good selection Vino Nobile in the US is as challenging as trying to find good and affordable wines from California in Europe..
      One of the reasons why I always prefer to buy wine in a wine store over buying it online are the rather high-shipping costs.

  5. the winegetter Reply

    I have a very soft spot for vino nobile. Before Christmas, WTSO was selling the Redi Briareo Riserva from 2006. I liked the standard Redi back in the mid 2000s so I decided to go for some bottles. They arrived the other day. I cannot wait to open a bottle and drink it….

    • vino in love Reply

      It’s good to see that you like Vino Nobile, too! It’s one my favorites as well. WTSO always has amazing deals and I often wished we had something like that for the European Union. I’m sure it would be a major success.
      I just googled Redi and there seems to be no information on them on the web – at least I found nothing. According to wine-searcher, redi only sells in the United States.
      If you know the official site of the winery then please let me know. I’m always looking for good Vino Nobile : )

      • the winegetter Reply

        They are a large cooperative, Julian. You can find them here: http://www.vecchiacantinadimontepulciano.com/

        They changed their main name since I visited. The Redi line is their upper line. I have not had other wines, just the Redi Rosso, Redi Vino Nobile and the Redi Vino Nobile Briareo. Back in the mid 2000s, I thought the standard vino nobile was better (or at least just as good) as the Briareo. It was hard to find it in Germany, I don’t think I ever was able to pick up bottles in Germany which was sad. And the wines were always super affordable, too.

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