2005 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc

Year: 2005
Appellation: Piedmont
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 94
Red Wine
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"Sliced plum, floral and leaf aromas. Full-bodied, with very soft, velvety tannins with rich, generous fruit. Long and powerful. Best after 2013. 800 cases made. " (WS)

"The 2005 Barolo Bric del Fiasc is a huge, muscular wine. In 2005 the wine shows a decidedly fruit-driven, fresh style. The purity of fruit here is remarkable. The dark, brooding quality that is often present in the wine is absent, while floral, perfumed elements dominate in this vintage. The fruit remains dense, ripe and primary. From start to finish, this is a remarkable Bric del Fiasc. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030.

My visit with Enrico Scavino and his daughter, Enrica, was one of the highlights of my November trip to Piedmont. In addition to these superb 2005 Barolos, I also sampled all of the 2006s, 2007s and 2008s from barrel and/or tank, which made for an incredible tasting. In recent years Scavino’s wines have taken on additional elements of classicism that I find very appealing. Enrico Scavino has the energy of someone half his age. Scavino has recently concluded the purchase in the Monvigliero vineyard in Verduno which he had previously rented, and will make a new single vineyard Barolo from this site. Further acquisitions are in the works but are not yet finalized. I wish every producer in Piedmont had Scavino’s sheer passion. As for the 2005s, well, they are striking for their aromatics and level of ripeness. Scavino continues to dial back the oak, and the color of these wines is much more typical of Nebbiolo than has been the case in the recent past. The overall level of quality is very close to 2004, although the wines are very different in terms of their personalities." (WA)

"($120-$135) Good deep red. Sexy aromas of dark cherry, redcurrant, smoke, tobacco and minerals. At once silky-sweet and vinous; pliant yet firm. This classy wine spreads out to coat the entire palate. Superb volume here in a very elegant package. Finishes broad and very long, with suave, fine-grained tannins. A beauty." (IWC)