Paolo Scavino 2012 “Bric del Fiasc” Barolo
Founded in 1921, the Paolo Scavino winery makes superlative Barolos from some of the greatest crus in the Barolo denomination.
A Barolo innovator in vineyard and winery techniques for decades, the winery reached a milestone in 1978, when Enrico convinced his father Paolo to let him vinify the grapes from their Bric del Fiasc vineyard separately. “Every year we noticed that these were always the best grapes,” says Enrico.
Extracting higher quality tannins that are friendlier than the massively astringent Nebbiolo tannins of yore is a driving obsession for Scavino, and he has met his goal by extracting more color, aromas and fruit from his wines without the harsh tannins of the Barolo of past vintages.
Early on, Enrico decided that aging his Barolo in new barriques overwhelmed the Nebbiolo grape, so he went with a mix of woods. He ages his Barolos for the first year in barriques, with about 20% new and the second year in casks made of French and Austrian oak.
The Bric del Fiasc is the star of the Paolo Scavino winery and the wine that made them famous when they first vinified it separately in 1978. The vineyard, at 885 feet above sea level, has a complex mix of whitish-gray limestone and yellowish sandstone. The oldest vines in the vineyard are from 1938 and produce very few grapes.
Bruce Sanderson of the Wine Spectator said it has “a core of sweet cherry fruit enhanced by licorice, leather, spice and tar flavors. This is vibrant and focused, with a dense matrix for support and a long, gripping finish.”
Year in and year out, the Paolo Scavino Bric del Fiasc is outstanding. Consistency, thy name is Scavino.