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Paolo Scavino 'Bricco Ambrogio' Barolo 2016
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This is a red wine imagePaolo Scavino 'Bricco Ambrogio' Barolo 2016

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James Suckling 97
"Extremely attractive aromas of dried strawberries, rose petals and dried spices, such as cloves, following through to a medium to full body. Very deep and dense center palate, yet it remains bright and vivid. Flavorful finish. Give this time to open. Try after 2022."

Wine Spectator 94
"This is velvety and inviting, the open texture setting the stage for black cherry, plum and iron flavors. Spice and tobacco elements chime in as this cruises to ... read more
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Item ID: #38768
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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James Suckling 97
"Extremely attractive aromas of dried strawberries, rose petals and dried spices, such as cloves, following through to a medium to full body. Very deep and dense center palate, yet it remains bright and vivid. Flavorful finish. Give this time to open. Try after 2022."

Wine Spectator 94
"This is velvety and inviting, the open texture setting the stage for black cherry, plum and iron flavors. Spice and tobacco elements chime in as this cruises to a long, sumptuous finish. Shows fine harmony and should be approachable earlier than some peers. Best from 2022 through 2038. 1,100 cases made, 360 cases imported. — BS"

Wine Advocate 94
"From the comune or village of Roddi, the Paolo Scavino 2016 Barolo Bricco Ambrogio offers an open-knit and accessible personality. The bouquet of this wine is very distinctive, offering some cedar, spice and toasted hazelnut that you don't get in the other Baroli in the collection from the Scavino family. Those nutty aromas cede to dark fruit, plum, spice and grilled herb. The wine is beautifully put together, showing the classic balance and energy of the vintage."

Vinous Media 94
"The 2016 Barolo Bricco Ambrogio is very pretty in 2016. Medium in body and supple, the Bricco Ambrogio captures all of the personality of the year in a mid-weight style that makes it easy to drink and enjoy young. The balance of fruit, acid and structure is just superb here. Pretty floral and spice overtones add nuance. Bricco Ambrogio is always the most accessible of the Scavino cru Barolos. The 2016 is the finest wine from this site yet. -- Antonio Galloni"

Wine Enthusiast 94
"Fragrant blue flower, exotic spice, toasted notes and menthol aromas mingle with scents of fruitcake. Full bodied and concentrated, the palate doles out fleshy black cherry, steeped prune, and chocolate-covered coconut alongside enveloping, velvety tannins before a drying, almost salty close."

The Estate
The most remarkable thing about Enrico Scavino is that even today, this man ever longs to make better Barolo. Generations at the helm of his family estate, founded in 1921, have already proven him a leader in the qualitative advances that have occurred in the Barolo area. And yet, he has never stopped the experimentation that has always kept him on the avant-garde of the Langhe area. He continues to vinify his wines parcel by parcel, taking advantage of these small fermentations to try to make better wines. In fact, in 2007 Enrico has even designed and fabricated his own fermentation vessel, used exclusively on his Barolo, to improve the finesse of extraction from his nebbiolo. Now with his daughters Elisa and Enrica working with him full-time, it would seem possible for this statesmancontemporary of Domenico Clerico and Elio Altareto take a step back. Instead, Enricos passion is further bolstered by the presence of the next generation! And speaking of family, Id be remiss not to mention that Enricos first cousin and neighbor is Luigi Scavino of Azelia fame. Alfonso, father of Luigi, and his brother Paolo, father to Enrico, divided ownership of the 11 hectare Scavino farm in the 1950s, giving each an equal share of the famed Fiasco hill.

Castiglione Falletto lies in the very heart of the Barolo area its soils are of both tortonian and helvetian origins, stratified amongst each other. In other words, crus in Castiglione like Bric del Fiasc (or even Bricco Boschis for that matter) combine the elegance of Barolo and La Morra with the power of Serralunga and Monforte! The first vintage of Bric del Fiasc was 1978as a Barolo Riservahence the release this year of the 30 year anniversary Bric del Fiasc Riserva 2008 (AG:97+). But Enrico never closed his eyes to the beauty of the neighboring communes: in 1985 he signed a long-term lease on a small parcel in Cannubi in Barolo. Next, in 1990, he acquired a piece of the famed Rocche Annunziata cru in La Morra. In 2002, with the help of Domenico Clerico, he purchased a piece of Bricco Ambrogio, the most renown vineyard in the commune of Roddi. And most recently in 2007 he added a piece of Monviglero, considered the grand cru of Verduno.

Winemaking at the estate has evolved over timebut the one constant, even from the days of Enrica and Elisas grandfather, was hygiene: the cleanliness of the winery and health of the grapes remain paramount. Technology has had its influence: Enrico recalls working the vineyards with oxen and horses, and said of the purchase of his first tractor I couldnt have been happier if my father had gifted me a Ferrari! In 1993, rotofermentors arrived at the estate, and between 1996-1999, Slavonian casks were replaced with French oakbut barriques here were always and only used for the first 10 months of aging to help fix color before the wines were transferred to larger oak botti. The percentage of new oak has been much reduced from a height of 30 from the 1990s to 2004, to only 20 new from 2004 2008, 17 new in 2011 & 2012, and for the 2015 harvest they have even reduced to a further 14 new. Quality control is crucial. Scavino could make more winebut the estate chooses to sell off from 10-30 of the production in bulk to maintain their super high standards. This small family farmwhich essentially started with 5.5 hectaresnow manages 29 hectares of vineyards, and regularly finds itself classified amongst the other top estates of the region.

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Paolo Scavino"Enrico Scavino and his two daughters, Enrica and Elisa, continue to produce outstanding Barolos year in and year out." – Wine Spectator

"The Scavino family (Enrico and his daughters Enrica and Elisa) carry forth an important family legacy with a wide range of cru-specific wines that brilliantly exhibit individual styles." – Wine Advocate

The most remarkable thing about Enrico Scavino is that even today, this man ever longs to make better Barolo. Generations at the helm of his family estate, founded in 1921, have already proven him a leader in the qualitative advances that have occurred in the Barolo area. And yet, he has never stopped the experimentation that has always kept him on the avant-garde of the Langhe area. He continues to vinify his wines parcel by parcel, taking advantage of these small fermentations to try to make better wines. In fact, in 2007 Enrico has even designed and fabricated his own fermentation vessel, used exclusively on his Barolo, to improve the finesse of extraction from his nebbiolo. Now with his daughters Elisa and Enrica working with him full-time, it would seem possible for this statesman--contemporary of Domenico Clerico and Elio Altare--to take a step back. Instead, Enrico's passion is further bolstered by the presence of the next generation! And speaking of family, I'd be remiss not to mention that Enrico's first cousin and neighbor is Luigi Scavino of Azelia fame. Alfonso, father of Luigi, and his brother Paolo, father to Enrico, divided ownership of the 11 hectare Scavino farm in the 1950s, giving each an equal share of the famed Fiasco hill.

Castiglione Falletto lies in the very heart of the Barolo area -- its soils are of both tortonian and helvetian origins, stratified amongst each other. In other words, crus in Castiglione like Bric del Fiasc (or even Bricco Boschis for that matter) combine the elegance of Barolo and La Morra with the power of Serralunga and Monforte! The first vintage of Bric del Fiasc was 1978--as a Barolo Riserva--hence the release this year of the 30 year anniversary Bric del Fiasc Riserva 2008 (AG:97+). But Enrico never closed his eyes to the beauty of the neighboring communes: in 1985 he signed a long-term lease on a small parcel in Cannubi in Barolo. Next, in 1990, he acquired a piece of the famed Rocche Annunziata cru in La Morra. In 2002, with the help of Domenico Clerico, he purchased a piece of Bricco Ambrogio, the most renown vineyard in the commune of Roddi. And most recently in 2007 he added a piece of Monviglero, considered the grand cru of Verduno.

Winemaking at the estate has evolved over time--but the one constant, even from the days of Enrica and Elisa's grandfather, was hygiene: the cleanliness of the winery and health of the grapes remain paramount. Technology has had its influence: Enrico recalls working the vineyards with oxen and horses, and said of the purchase of his first tractor "I couldn't have been happier if my father had gifted me a Ferrari!" In 1993, rotofermentors arrived at the estate, and between 1996-1999, Slavonian casks were replaced with French oak--but barriques here were always and only used for the first 10 months of aging to help fix color before the wines were transferred to larger oak botti. The percentage of new oak has been much reduced from a height of 30% from the 1990s to 2004, to only 20% new from 2004 – 2008, 17% new in 2011 & 2012, and for the 2015 harvest they have even reduced to a further 14% new. Quality control is crucial. Scavino could make more wine--but the estate chooses to sell off from 10-30% of the production in bulk to maintain their super high standards. This small family farm--which essentially started with 5.5 hectares--now manages 29 hectares of vineyards, and regularly finds itself classified amongst the other top estates of the region.

The Skurnik Family is most excited to welcome Scavino back to our portfolio--tasting through the wines this fall was even more exciting than we could have imagined. And from that moment, we knew that their proper place was in our portfolio.

A word on Scavino Barolo....
All of the wines are subject to scrupulous care of the vineyards in order to grow healthy and high quality grapes. Yields are limited. Vinification and aging are the same for all of the non-riserva Barolo to emphasize the terroir of each site. Each cru & sub-cru is vinified separately in stainless steel. Native yeasts, temperature control during fermentation, 8 – 12 days maceration, 20 – 30 days of alcoholic fermentation. Selection of the best performing plots during the first year of aging. The under acheiving ones, depending on the vintage, are sold off in bulk. Aging 10 months in neutral French oak barrels, then 12 months in large casks, 10 months in stainless steel, 10 months in bottle before sale.

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