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Azienda Scarzello





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Azienda Scarzello

Scarzello Giorgio e Figli is a small gem of an estate housed in the middle of Barolo. This diminutive, traditional, Barolo domaine owns a mere five hectares, nearly half of which are in Sarmassa, one of the region’s top crus. Aromatically enticing, bursting with juicy sweet red fruits and to die for silky textures.

Federico and his father, Giorgio, took the bold decision to make a wholesale replanting in the late nineties. A few years later and Federico took over sole running of the estate, in 2001, and set about taking it to the next level, adjusting certain aspects of the winemaking whilst remaining greatly respectful to the family’s traditional ways. This has now become a forward-looking domaine fast on the rise. The vines may be young, averaging just above twenty years old, but they are in good health and planted densely to lower yields. Federico recently bought a plot of 100 year old Nebbiolo, not a prime site, but the plant material was of the high quality Michet clone. He intends to use cuttings of this for future replantings. The wines are fermented (with wild yeast since the 2006 vintage) long and slow – sometimes up to 55 days depending on the vintage. They are then aged for around 30 months in large German and Slavonian oak casks before a further three years ageing in bottle. Scarzello’s wines demand time and are usually released at least a year or two later than those of their peers.

The wines are full to the brim of site specific character, charm, and power in equal measure. Federico’s work hails the re-birth of a great, traditional Barolo domaine.