Paolo Scavino Barolo 2005
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
This Barolo was produced for the first time in 1921. The Nebbiolo grapes for this Barolo come from three townships: Castiglione Falletto, Barolo and La Morra. In Castiglione Falletto is the vineyard Vignolo, and Rocche Moriondino (planted in 1960). In the village of Barolo are two vineyards: the historical cru Vignane (planted 1994–1998) and Via Nuova (planted in 1940) both very important and suitable areas for Nebbiolo. La Morra is a small vineyard which is the third commune in this Barolo. The grapes are hand harvested normally during the first 10 days of October. Maceration and the fermentation occur in steel rotary temperature controlled fermenters. Malolactic fermentation follows in oak barrels. The wine ages in French oak barriques for 12 months and a further 12 months in large French oak casks and finally 12 months in bottle.
This classic Barolo is decadent and exotic with wild aromas of ripe berries and black truffles. Full-bodied with ultrafine tannins and an incredible finish.
Wine Spectator - "Shows loads of ripe blackberry and rose petal on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and lots of fruit. Delicious. Best after 2011"
The Wine Advocate - "The 2005 Barolo reveals an expressive core of perfumed red raspberries, spices and sweet herbs. This sexy, elegant wine possesses lovely balance and tons of style. Over the last few years the house’s Barolo has established itself as one of the most consistently outstanding wines in its class. The 2005 is simply delicious and highly recommended. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020. "
International Wine Cellar - "Good deep red. Sexy, pure aromas of cherry, menthol and underbrush. Supple, vinous and fine-grained, with a sneaky sweetness in the middle palate. Pure, sharply detailed, nicely balanced wine with a rising finish and firm spine. An excellent basic Barolo bottling."
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Paolo Scavino Winery
Enrico Scavino has been at the forefront of the modernist movement in Piedmont since the 1980s, and is today one of the most respected and highly regarded winemakers in all of Italy. Scavino diverged sharply from the tough-as-nails-when-young traditional style of Barolo to produce soft and lush wines that are delicious within months of release as well as later in their evolution, applying the same winemaking techniques to Barbera and Dolcetto. View all Paolo Scavino Wines
About PiedmontView a map of Piedmont wineries (PEED-mont)
Notable FactsNot just regulated to red wine, Piedmont also produces some notable whites, particularly those near the district of Gavi and Asti. Gavi produces still white wine from the Cortese grape. The wine is dry with a crisp, citrus-like acidity – fairly neutral but pleasant. Arneis is another grape/wine made in the area, creating a fuller wine that displays some nuttiness in the aroma and taste. Asti is well known for its sparkling wine – in particular Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti. Asti Spumante is typically higher in alcohol, sweetness & fizziness, while its higher-class cousin, Mostcato d'Asti, contains lower alcohol levels, a few less bubbles, and a more restrained and delicate representation of Moscato fruit.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.