“For each wine produced, depending on the vintage, the right path is chosen without blindly following tradition and without passively following every innovation. He does not love excess.”
Such is the way of Enrico Scavino who helms the estate his grandfather founded in 1921. Together with his daughters Enrica and Elisa, the fourth generation, he runs the family Estate. Enrico began working full time in the winery in 1951 when he was only 10 years old and now has the experience of over 60 vintages behind him.
Today, Paolo Scavino owns 23 hectares entirely in the Barolo area and works on 19 historical Barolo Crus located in Castiglione Falletto, Barolo, La Morra, Serralunga d’Alba, Verduno and Roddi.
|~ Vineyard locations of Paolo Scavino ~|
Today we’re looking at one of Scavino’s Barolo that is a blend from vineyards across the region; Carobric. Barolo Carobric is sourced from three of Scavino’s best terroirs: mostly the Rocche di Castiglione vineyard in Castiglione Falletto with smaller additions from Cannubi and the Fiasco vineyard in Castiglione Falletto. The result is a harmonious, elegant Barolo with, as Elisa Scavino described, “lifted aromas”.
2000 was an amazing year in Piedmont that produced delicious wines and as Enrico Scavino states, “wines that you don’t have to wait forever to enjoy”. Personally, I enjoy my Barolo on the older side, I enjoy the complex array of aromas that evolve as the wine ages. And the 2000 Scavino Carobric is in a perfect place right now.
Deep ruby in the glass, it has slight autumnal orange highlights throughout. We decanted the wine only for 30 minutes to remove sediment. The aromas explode from the glass. There is definitely “lift”. Ripe cherries, dried tobacco, fennel, smoke and autumn leaves are lovely to smell. On the palate, the deft balance of the wine is impressive. Long, ripe flavors of cherries are accented with baking spices, cured meat, anise, and dusty minerals. The tannins still provide ample grip but have softened significantly and the acidity is refreshing. This is classic, delicious and while it will easily last in your cellar, it’s excellent right now. 95 points. Current vintages, about $50.
|~ Wonderfully aged Barolo, from 100% Nebbiolo grapes ~|
April 6, 2016