2014 Barolo from Paolo Scavino
A distinct vintage! 2014 surprises with elegance and freshness.
Paolo Scavino is a big name in Barolo. The winery was founded in 1921 in Castiglione Falletto in the heart of Barolo and the wines have gotten better and better since. Enrico Scavino is the man running the show. He did his first vintage at ten years old, helping his father Paolo in the vineyards. With over 60 vintages under his belt, he’s achieved a lot. The estate began with only 5 hectares and has grown to about 30, which includes 20 distinct vineyard sites. Enrico gradually purchased vines within some of Barolo’s top Crus, which has allowed him to focus on single-vineyard, terroir-driven wines. During the 1978 vintage Enrico was harvesting grapes in the Bric del Fiasc vineyard when he had an idea – to bottle that plot separately. That vintage became the first ever single-vineyard wine produced in Barolo, and he lives up to the legacy.
Enrico is constantly experimenting and looking for ways to perfect his wines. In 2007 he designed a custom fermentation vessel to get the perfect level of extraction out of Nebbiolo. He is still testing a series of oak treatments, and the proportion of new oak used has been on a steady decline. All Barolo is aged for 10 months in barrique (10% new) followed by a year in large cask and then another 10 months in stainless steel before bottling. Only the very best juice makes its way into Scavino’s estate-bottled wines. Every year between 10 and 30% of the fruit that doesn’t make the cut is sold off in bulk. Enrico’s daughters, Enrica and Elisa, help him manage the winery today but his passion hasn’t faded. Part of our team visited the winery last month and when his daughters translated as we gushed about how ravenous Canada is for his wine, he cried.
A note on the vintage:
The 2014 Barolos have a tough act to follow after the 2013 vintage. Most reports mention that quality was variable but that the wines that are good, are really good. Spring came early but then summer was cooler and wetter than usual. Scavino thinned the canopy to reduce vigor and dropped fruit to maintain concentration in the grapes and alleviate the risk of mildew. September and October were warm and dry, which provided an extended growing season and allowed the grapes to reach phenolic maturity. Yields were reduced by 20-30% at Scavino compared to 2013 but the fruit was exceptional with good acidity.
These are elegant and balanced with medium alcohol and complex aromatics.
2016 Langhe Nebbiolo – $39.99 / btl (6 btls/cs)
MAGNUM – $97.99 / btl (1 btl/cs)
Barolo-light! This is 100% Nebbiolo produced from younger vines and aged for 10 months in neutral barrel. Drink now or over the next few years while your Barolo ages. Win / win.
2014 Barolo – $75.99 / btl (6 btls/cs)
MAGNUM – $169.99 / btl (1 btl/cs)
This is the flagship wine at Scavino and is very important to the family. The same care goes into the Barolo as all of the Cru wines and it’s produced and aged in the same way. This blend is designed to be consistent year after year and to show off the house style.
2014 Barolo Bricco Ambrogio – $97.99 / btl (6 btls/cs)
MAGNUM – $236.99 / btl (1 btl/cs)
Bricco Ambrogio is a sunny, steep slope in the township of Roddi. The site produces charming Barolo with intense floral aromatics, ripe round fruit, and finesse. Enrico Scavino purchased this little-known Langhe Cru in 2002 and it’s become one of the most popular.
2014 Barolo Monvigliero – $114.99 / btl (6 btls/cs)
MAGNUM – $269.99 / btl (1 btl/cs)
Scavino owns a little less that one hectare of the Monvigliero vineyard in Verduno, which is considered the township’s Grand Cru. The vineyard is located at the northern edge of Barolo at high elevation with the Tanaro River running nearby. This particular microclimate, with its cool nighttime temperatures, produces an ultra-elegant wine. Monvigliero’s soils are a mixture of limestone and chalk, which make this wine the most savoury in the lineup.
2014 Barolo Carobric – $114.99 / btl (6 btls/cs)
MAGNUM – $269.99 / btl (1 btl/cs)
Carobric is a crowd favourite and a jewel of the Scavino collection. This wine is a blend of three of the best sites: Rocche (in Castiglione Falletto), Cannubi, and Bric del Fiasc. Carobric is slightly richer than Monvigliero and is a classic style that ages famously.
2014 Barolo Bric del Fiasc $144.99 / btl (6 btls/cs)
MAGNUM – $329.99 / btl (1 btl/cs)
King of the Crus. Scavino has owned the Fiasco vineyard – the best of seven in Castiglione Falletto – since the winery’s inception in 1921. This was the first single-vineyard wine produced at Scavino in 1978 from the oldest vines on the estate. It’s one of the greats.
2014 Barolo Cannubi – $149.99 / btl (6 btls/cs)
Cannubi is maybe the most historical vineyard in Barolo. Unlike most top vineyards on the hillsides, Cannubi is on a high plateau surrounded by an amphitheater of sloped vines. This is one of the two oldest vineyards that Scavino owns, planted in 1946. The blueish marl soil here sends the vines deep in search for water, which is results in a mineral, complex wine.
This is a private stock offer. The wine will arrive in 3-4 months.
The deadline to order is Wednesday, May 23rd.
To Place Your Order:
Call Michelle Desroches directly at (416) 779 4101 or Via Email: MichelleD@lifford.com
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