Azienda Vitivinicola Paolo Scavino is located in the Langhe section of Piemonte in Italy. The winery produces a full line of red and white wines, using a number of varietals with their focus on Nebbiolo and Barbera.
The 2004 Paolo Scavino Barolo was 100% Nebbiolo. The aging process consisted of 12 months in French oak barriques, followed by 12 months in French oak casks, and a final year in the bottle prior to release. The wine’s ABV was 14.5%. It carried Italy’s DOCG classification. There were 1500 cases of this wine produced.
I came across this wine at Wine Sellers, a local liquor store. I knew the Paolo Scavino name, but hadn’t tasted any of their wines.
I purchased two bottles of the 2004 Paolo Scavino to put them to the test.
The bottles were consumed on separate evenings. The first bottle was a PNP, while the second was decanted for 3 hours. This wine definitely benefited from the aeration the second bottle received.
The color of the wine was an inviting, deep, dark burgundy red.
The nose found red and black fruit, with lots of cherry coming to the forefront. A touch of vanilla was hovering in the background.
A sip from the PNP found red fruit and minerality. It was slightly tart. The tannins were very present. As the night progressed, the wine opened up beautifully. After 1 1/2 hours, the tannins were calm and cherries were ever present. Scrumptiousness (did I really just write that? is that even a word?).
The aerated wine was delicious from the first taste. Big cherries filled my mouth. Also present were a touch of tar and vanilla.
The finish on the wine was long and full of…..cherries. It was fantastic.
This wine would go well with just about any type of Italian fare. It can stand up to cream sauces, it can deal with tomato sauces, any type of grilled, braised, or roasted meats would go perfectly. The one thing I would avoid are light fish dishes.
The 2004 Paolio Scavino Barolo retails in the $55 range. At that level, it is fairly priced. It holds its own very well with other Barolos in that area. I would not hesitate to purchase this wine again and I hope you have the opportunity to try some in the near future.