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Final Allocation of Sold Out and “Mind-bending” Barolo Crus and Cuvée. Value Begins Under $44!
June 25, 2020



FINAL ALLOCATION - Restocking the SOLD OUT Classico, Our Barolo Super Cuvée Value Under $44! Highlights from the Historic Cannubi Vineyard and the Grand Cru-Like Barolo of Castiglione Falletto from the Langhe Patriarch Paolo Scavino!

“In so many ways, 2016 is all about being in the right place at the right time for Barolo…the vintage is full of truly spectacular, breathtaking wines that capture all the pedigree that Nebbiolo and Barolo are capable of.” — Antonio Galloni, Vinous

Strong words and demand continue from the 2016 vintage in Barolo, and we are now pleased to announce the arrival of our SOLD OUT 2016 Paolo Scavino Barolo Classico, Cannubi, and Bric dël Fiasc! To no surprise the media is finally taking notice of the Barolo patriarch, anointing the estate’s iconic crus with near-perfect scores. As a result of these accolades, supplies are unfortunately more limited, and this is our final allocation. If you did not secure some of our first allocation, we strongly recommend doing so now.

Enrico Scavino echoed Antonio Galloni’s sentiment on the 2016 vintage when he said that “it's the best vintage I have ever made.” That’s a powerful statement coming from Barolo royalty! No doubt about it; all eyes are deservingly on the late-ripening 2016 vintage from the Langhe Hills. The classic year is already being compared to the epic performances set in 2010 and 2013 — and for good reason. We might add that there is more balance and generosity of fruit here and less austerity, thanks to the long growing season. The IWM team has been tasting through, and certainly, the greatness of the 2016 vintage is best captured with the mind-bending 2016 Scavino Bric dël Fiasc. As you may know, the Barolo of Scavino are true pillars of Italian Wine Merchants, and once again, the pioneering grand cru-like icon of Castiglione Falletto combines power with finesse; it is a MUST BUY from 2016.

If you love Barolo, the wines of Paolo Scavino need no introduction. Scavino is simply one of the legendary, pioneering producers of Barolo and is fittingly featured in Sergio Esposito’s memoir, Passion on the Vine. What makes these wines so unique is the way that Enrico Scavino (along with his daughters Enrica and Elisa) interpret the noble Nebbiolo through the estate’s single-vineyard holdings, which are some of the most historic and prestigious in Barolo. However, Scavino's great single-vineyard expressions go well beyond Bric dël Fiasc, and today we are including Prapo and the fabled Cannubi bottling. There is something magical about a wine from the historic and prized Cannubi vineyard; ears perk up much in the way a Burghead may respond to Montrachet — and with good reason, the vineyard dates back to 1752 and has delivered some of the most legendary Barolos of the region.

But the focus of today’s offer begins with what is arguably one of the best values in Barolo — the 2016 Scavino Barolo Classico. This super cuvée represents the history and tradition of blending different Nebbiolo crus in order to create a house style. Scavino employs the same care and quality work in this wine as in all of the estate's cru Barolo. This cuvée is sourced from the top-performing plots of seven single vineyards in the villages of Castiglione Falletto, Barolo, and Serralunga d’Alba. Expectations have been high since we tasted the 2016 Scavino Langhe Nebbiolo more than two years ago. That same explosive purity of fruit, depth and elegance of the Scavino house style is packed in here. This wine single-handedly captures the vintage and gets us excited about what is to come! We emphatically recommend loading up on cases as this wine is accessible and approachable on the palate and in the pocket. Delizioso!

Featured Wine: The Prized Barolo of Scavino and the Historic 2016 Vintage (Click to Order)



ADDITIONAL NOTES AND REVIEWS:



2016 Scavino Barolo
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: Delizioso is the best word to describe this feminine Barolo from Scavino. Our expectations for this pedigreed Barolo Classico have been high ever since we were floored by their simple 2016 Langhe Nebbiolo more than two years ago. This super cuvée is sourced from the top performing plots of seven single vineyards in the village of Castiglione Falletto (Rocche Moriondino, Vignolo and Pernanno vineyards), Barolo (Albarella, Terlo and Vignane vineyards) and Serralunga d’Alba (San Bernardo vineyard). One quick pull of the cork and the aromatics grab you from across the table and transport you to the Langhe Hills. On the palate, this wine integrates magically with a recommended two hour decant. Expect explosive notes of black cherry, wild berries, muddled raspberries, a touch of citrus and punch, red licorice, brown spices, sweet tobacco, and eucalyptus. This is another Scavino Barolo that has the delicious factor and is approachable today. Just a super friendly bottle of Barolo from the standout vintage. Burgundian-like in style, this wine makes it hard not to enjoy today. Serve at cellar temperature.” 4/2020



2016 Scavino Barolo Bric dël Fiasc
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “To no surprise, it was the grand cru-like Bric dël Fiasc that knocked our socks off in tasting through the 2016 lineup from Scavino, alongside the cru Prado and straight Barolo Normale, which remains one of the great values and introductions to the King of Wines. For IWM, the Bric dël Fiasc is one of the pillars of Italian Wine Merchants and Passion on the Vine; it should be purchased in every vintage, and not just the benchmark-in-the-making 2016. The wine is part of the fabric of Barolo. Following the death of their father, Alfonso and Paolo Scavino divided their father’s vineyard holdings in the commune of Castiglione Falletto. Paolo chose an eponymous title for his estate, which included a two-hectare plot in Falletto’s Fiasco cru known as Bric dël Fiasc, situated in Castiglione Falletto. Fiasco rests at an altitude of 260 meters and its soil is predominantly tufa-based, featuring a combination of silt-sand and marl. While established in 1921, the site was first represented via a single-vineyard bottling in 1978, a production Paolo undertook at the behest of his son, Enrico. Bric dël Fiasc characteristically is a classic expression of Nebbiolo that requires time to develop all its complexity. The texture characterizes this Barolo: earthy imprint, density of fruit, vibrant and refined tannins. The acidity supports the important structure of this Barolo and lifts the nose, which is complex, mineral, balsamic. Nuances of red fruits and licorice are typical. This is the most sophisticated Bric dël Fiasc we have tasted since the 2004.” 03/2020

This is an email ONLY offer! If you would like to take advantage of this offer we are asking that you email orders back to me at chris.deas@italianwinemerchants.com, connect with your portfolio manager, or mention receipt of this offer if calling the store. All orders are subject to confirmation.

All my best,
Chris