Paolo Scavino 2012 Monvigliero Barolo (93JS 92WA 92WE)

Paolo Scavino 2012 Monvigliero Barolo (93JS 92WA 92WE)

  • Size: 750ml
  • Item Code: 8032636133762
  • Vintage: 2012
$89.99

“A young Barolo with intense rose petal and berry aromas and flavors. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Very fine indeed. Better in 2018. “ (JS)

“The 2012 Barolo Monvigliero is one of the most distinctive of Paolo Scavino’s excellent wines. Fruit is from the Verduno township that is showing some of the most exciting results in the appellation today. This is an elegant and tightly knitted wine with firm texture, dark concentration and a voluptuous personality. The bouquet opens to dark fruit, plum, blackberry and delicate spice. It should stand up well to the aging process. “ (WA) “Camphor, espresso and black-skinned berry lead the nose while the delicious palate offers crushed black raspberry, orange peel, white pepper, chopped herb and a hint of star anise. It’s tightly wound with youthfully firm but elegant tannins. Drink 2018–2024. “ (WE)

Ratings and Awards

  • 93 JamesSuckling.com
  • 92 Wine Advocate
  • 92 Wine Enthusiast

Piedmont

Piedmont is the most well-known Italian wine region, housing the esteemed (and expensive) Barolo and Barbaresco sub-regions. It is also the home of the Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto grapes.

Nebbiolo based wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco are intense, tannic, and complex. Highly tannic, these wines benefit from long aging and are best accompanied by food. Despite coming from the same grape, terroir and local traditions have given each an unique style. Barolo is more intense, reminiscent of tar. Barbaresco is plummier and more fruity.

Barbera, compared to Nebbiolo, is lighter, less tannic and more acidic. It is the most planted grape in Piedmont, making variety of wine (light to dense, still to sparkling). Alba, Asti, and Monferrato are three subregions in Piedmont well-known for it.

Dolcetto is another common grape in the region. Though it literally means sweet little thing, Dolcetto is dry. It is lighter, velvety in texture, less tannic, and fruitier than Nebbiolo and Barbera. Alba, Acqui, and Asti are three regions who lend their name to Dolcetto (e.g. Dolcetto d’Abla, Dolcetto d’Acqui, and Dolcetto d’Asti).

Despite its overshadowing reds, Piedmont also has three famous whites:

  1. The sparkling Asti Spumante is one of the most exported Italian wines.
  2. Cortese di Gavi — a dry, crisp, lean white made from the Cortese Grape — is described by Hugh Johnson (a renowned wine writer) as “Italy’s most prestigious white wine.”
  3. Arneis di Roero challenges France’s Pinot Blanc with its highly aromatic, almondy flavor.

Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo is a late-ripening grape that is responsible for the great wines of Piedmont’s Langhe and Monferrato hills: Barolo and Barbaresco. These are the most coveted of Italian wines among international collectors. Notoriously difficult to cultivate, Nebbiolo tends to be planted in the warmest hillside sites, where drainage is excellent. Barolo comes from Nebbiolo planted on the hills southwest of the town of Alba, while Barbaresco is made from Nebbiolo grown just to the north of Alba. Both of these wines show aromas and flavors including but not limited to cherry, plum, raspberry, licorice, mushroom, and leather. Especially with younger examples, expect plenty of bold tannins: these are big wines. With extended bottle-aging, these wines will mellow and show greater austerity. The richness and tannic intensity of top Nebbiolos makes them fine partners for strong flavored grilled meats and stews, as well as dry, aged cheeses.