Barolo, Bric del Fiasc, 2011

  Paolo Scavino

Spicier and bigger than the other Scavino Crus, less compact than usual and more expansive and expressive than the Cannubi. Good clear but sweet fruit flavours, notes of red berry, cherry and wild strawberry with strong underlying earthy, dark and spicy characteristics that form the wine's core. This has everything, tannic spine, sweet and savoury notes, depth and high toned fruit. There is a certain richness but no evidence of too much heat, in fact there is an appetising freshness to this. Bric dël Fiasc is Piedmontese dialect for Bricco Fiasco, the top of the Fiasco vineyard. Situated at 280 metres above sea level in Castiglione Falleto, this is one of the great Crus of the region that makes powerful but classy, age worthy wines. It was the first single vineyard bottling Scavino released starting from the 1978 vintage.

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 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.