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5218 Lawton Avenue
Oakland, CA 94114

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Oliver McCrum Wines has been importing small production Italian wine and distributing to fine retail and restaurant establishes throughout California since 1994. Over time, our portfolio of producers has steadily grown to over 45 producers from 15 different regions of Italy. We look for typical Italian wines with clarity and freshness, usually made from indigenous Italian grape varieties using clean, transparent winemaking techniques and no obvious use of oak. 

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Northern Piedmont: the rise and fall and rise again

Michele Boscia

Walter Speller interviewed our favorite young enologist, Cristiano Garella, who is almost single-handedly bringing Northern Piedmont back to its former glory. Walter tells the story of the rise and fall of this important historic wine-growing region and then details out Cristiano's path and the wineries who are at the forefront of the current revival. 

Read the article here

 

Harvest Report 2015: Castello di Verduno

Michele Boscia

This just in from the winemaker of Castello di Verduno, Mario Andrion: 

"Vintage report 2015 (so far):

Very mild winter with higher temperature than average- the very cold and snowy season was concentrated in the month of February, where we start preserving water deep in the soil for the summer. Wonderful spring:  sunny with the right amount of rain (strawberry and cherries were sweet and with nice fragrance!).

The summer showed right away the crazy red-hot season… the African anticyclone remain on the area for 7 weeks reaching temperature never registered in the region (except 2003). We ate amazing apricot and peaches! The vines, especially the oldest one, never suffered the drought, thanks to the winter and spring reserve on the soil.

From the half of August, the Northern chilly wind started to contrast the high pressure coming from south.  Some rains fall down at the right time helping the suffering plants.

We are having now, end of august, a great weather with clear and sunny days and cool nights. 

The harvest will be not so early as I thought at the beginning of August.

All the grapes looks outstanding, so far!!!"

Cavallotto Profile from Robert Camuto

Michele Boscia

Robert Camuto of The Wine Spectator wrote an excellent profile article on Cavallotto. He did a fantastic job capturing the personalities of the family and providing a great synopsis of the history of the estate and their winemaking philosophies and techniques. This is very much worth a read to the very end so don't forget to click on the link below to the full-length article.

The article comes just in time for the release this week of the heralded 2010 Bricco Boschis and the 2008 Riservas, two of the very top vintages of the last decade that are not to be missed!

Low-Hype Barolo
Cavallotto may be the best wine estate you don’t know

 "No photo!" Giuseppe Cavallotto waved me off as I aimed my iPhone in his direction. 

He stood atop of one of Barolo's most gorgeous vineyards, his family's monopole Bricco Boschis, a steep, sunny, concave hillside that stretches below the family home and winery in Castiglione Falletto.

Giuseppe, the middle of three siblings who run Tenuta Cavallotto, said posing for photographs was for his younger brother, Alfio. Then I asked Giuseppe his age. "That doesn't matter," he responded, and after an awkward silence added, "I'm more-or-less 46—it's no secret."

The low-key, sometimes shy, nature of the Cavallottos partly explains why they aren't better known. Among traditional Barolo producers, Cavallotto has never achieved the cult status of firebrands Bartolo Mascarello or Giuseppe Rinaldi. Nor have they had public, internecine feuds like other local families that split up over winemaking principles. Yet Cavallotto deserves attention on several counts, not the least of which is a solid line of wines that has hit its stride in the past two decades. 

Don’t miss the full blog here: http://www.winespectator.com/blogs/show/id/50829