Cavallotto's Vigna Cuculo is a major league Barbera and comes from a parcel of 50+ year old vines on the western side of Bricco Boschis. This parcel of vines is named after the Cuckoo bird or Cuculo. We're not sure why and neither is Alfio Cavallotto! The unique power and ridiculous quality of this wine can be attributed to the mature vines, low yields and powerful terroir of the Bricco Boschis. The western aspect and the preponderance of limestone in the soil here, tempers Barbera's natural acidity, although the '16 remains super bright (reflecting the classic vintage). The ageing of the wine, too, is distinctive, with the fermenting must having spent 15 days on skins (a long time for Barbera); this maceration bringing out fine structure and length. The wine is aged for 18 months in the same, mature Slavonian botti as the Nebbiolo wines, so it has none of the toasty new oak that blights many a Barbera. From a cooler, brilliant vintage the 2016 Barbera is a stunning, sweet fruited, sappy red with layers of vibrant, wild red fruit and pine sap notes. Wonderful flesh, cool drive and powdery structure. Simply a superb example of this grape.