Paolo Scavino Barolo 2006
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
The grapes are harvested normally during the first decade of October. The maceration and the fermentation occur in steel rotary fermenters with temperature controlled. The malolactic fermentation occurs in oak barrels. Aging in French oak barriques for 12 months and further 12 months in French casks. After that, one more year of bottle aging before release.
Wine Spectator - "Round and velvety, this red offers cherry, plum and licorice flavors. It's backed by a solid structure of fresh acidity and tannins, with a lingering finish. Best from 2012 through 2027. 900 cases imported."
International Wine Cellar - "Good full red. Complex but subdued aromas of plum, dark raspberry and menthol. At once dense and juicy, with excellent energy to the broad flavors of black fruits, licorice and menthol. Serious and impressive for normale, finishing with solid structure and excellent juicy persistence."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Barolo is a seductive, fruit-driven wine laced with plump, juicy fruit. Floral notes add a touch of lift on the close. Scavino makes his entry-level Barolo from a blend of vineyards, which in 2006 includes Vignolo, Rocche and Mariondino (all in Castiglione Falletto), Vignane and Via Nuova (both in Barolo), Bricco Ambrogio (in Roddino) and Plicotti (in La Morra). As is often the case, the Scavino Barolo is one of the finest wines in its category. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021. "
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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.