Barolo, Bric dël Fiasc, Riserva, 2008

  Paolo Scavino

An exciting debut the 2008 is full of the toned muscle and power so beloved of Bric del Fiasc followers whilst offering an unusually open, lifting, floral fragrance. An array of violet-scented, blackberry blueberry and cherry fruit married to notes of sweet spice, liquorice, mineral, tar and stone make for a thoroughly profound, handsome and beautifully-balanced Barolo that will reward decades of cellaring. Paolo Scavino’s iconic Bric del Fiasc vineyard has been in the family since 1921. It was first vinified and bottled separately in 1978, one of Barolo’s earlier examples of a single vineyard cuvee. The 2008 vintage marked its 30th anniversary and to celebrate the Scavinos produced their first ever Riserva from this plot, which they have now only just released. The fruit comes from the oldest part of the vineyard and the wine is aged for two years in a mixture of small barrels and large oak “botti” vats as per the regular bottling but with 3 years extra ageing in bottle. The production has been limited to 2,500 bottles and a mere handful of magnums and double magnums.

Contains Sulphites.

About Paolo Scavino

One of Italy’s great Estates with holdings in Barolos finest Crus, Cannubi, Bric del Fiasc and Rocche dell’Annuziata. Along with Elio Altare, Enrico Scavino is surely responsible for the great reputation Piedmont has today. Since the 1980s he has been crafting benchmark modern Barolo. Through high fermentation temperatures, short maceration and finishing in a mixture of French oak barriques and the larger traditional ‘Botti’ casks, Enrico makes svelte wines whose polish and sophistication enhance rather than shroud their character and typicity. Their flagship must surely be the Bric del Fiasc, one of the earlier examples of a Barolo single vineyard bottling, the first vintage being 1978. It has a sun-blanched south-western exposure and one of the region's most complex soil compositions - a complex mixture of blue grey marne, sand, limestone and redder sandstone - the coming together of the Tortonian soils of La Morra & Barolo and the Helvetian soils of the Serralunga valley. This is a wine the embodies Castiglione: Powerful and long lived, spicy yet with more elegant highlights of bright red fruit. As complete a Barolo as you will find.

Appellation: Barolo

Barolo is the greatest, most intense and expressive display of the Northern Italian grape variety Nebbiolo. The name is given to bottles from the Piedmont area, made exclusively from Nebbiolo, and coming from the five core towns of Barolo, La Morra, Serralunga d'Alba, Castiglione Falletto and Monforte d'Alba, along with certain other peripherary villages. The wines offer power, aromatics and longevity that is almost unmatched elsewhere in Italy, perhaps the world. Top, forward thinking producers have pushed huge changes in the winemaking culture of the area, and as a result finer, purer Barolo is being produced than ever before.

Grape Type: Nebbiolo

Arguably Italy's greatest red grape variety, responsible in North-West Italy’s Piedmont region for the great reds of Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero. At its best it produces wines of an aromatic complexity and subtlety similar to that of great Burgundy, a region from where many pioneering producers such as Elio Altare drew their inspiration. The aromas and flavours are very different in profile to Pinot Noir however, usually characterised by roses, tar and truffle. Naturally tannic and acidic, Nebbiolo wines are excellent for long term ageing.