2014 Paolo Scavino Barolo

Year: 2014
Appellation: Piedmont
Country: Italy
Wine Advocate: 91
James Suckling: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :
$39.95

"The 2014 Barolo represents a selection of fruit from seven individual vineyard parcels spread across Barolo's major townships. Fruit from those sites is vinified separately, and once each barrique is tasted, the final assembly is created. Barrels of wine that do not live up to the estate's quality standards are sold off as bulk wine. This is a beautiful wine that opens to cherry and blackberry flavors with elegant tones of crushed stone, smoke, licorice and tar. This is an excellent near or medium-term Barolo with accessible characteristics and lots of varietal purity.

During my visit with the Scavino family this year, I had the opportunity to see the new underground bottle cellar that was only just finished. Last year, huge cranes and a big hole in the ground marked the spot. This enormous construction project marks a growing trend in both Barolo and Barbaresco. Producers are making space for longer bottle aging. This meets the needs of importers and consumers who want access to older vintages or late releases of top wines. In other news, Enrico Scavino and his daughters Enrica and Elisa have made additional vineyard acquisitions. They bought one more hectare in Prapò that follows 0.8 hectare in Cerretta (both in Serralunga d'Alba). In 2015, they had purchased three hectares of Ravera (in Novello). Although I officially reviewed the 2011 Barolo Riserva Novantesimo last year (I gave it 97 points), the wine is hitting the market now. Only 5,000 bottles were produced and the wine represents a true labor of love. The next vintage of this special Riserva to be produced will be 2016. But if you can't wait, value hunters will be delighted with the excellent 2016 Langhe Nebbiolo hitting the market now. " (WA)

"A full and juicy red with a solid center palate of ripe fruit and chewy tannins. Medium- to full-bodied, round and rich. A lovely finish. Drink in 2020." (JS)

Winery Notes:
This Barolo represents the history and tradition of blending different crus of Nebbiolo in order to create a house style. The same care and quality work are employed on this wine as for all of the cru Barolo. Sourced from the top performing plots of 7 single vineyards in the village of Castiglione Falletto (Rocche Moriondino, Vignolo and Pernanno vineyards), Barolo (Albarella, Terlo and Vignane vineyards) and Serralunga d’Alba (San Bernardo vineyard). This wine is an opportunity for many clients to enjoy a great Barolo with an exceptional price quality ratio.