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Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric dël Fiasc:
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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. The Scavino estate’s premiere cru production and most renowned bottling, Bric dël Fiasc is now one of four cru wines in the portfolio (Cannubi, Rocche dell’Annunziata Riserva, and Bricco Ambrogio are the other single-vineyard Barolos). Bric dël Fiasc characteristically carries the most formidable structure of Scavino’s Barolos, an austere sensibility coupled with imposing power. This state of profound tension is ameliorated only through an extended period of cellaring, which typically transpires over 20 years.

Traditional or modern? It may seem like a simple, straightforward question. But in Piemonte, there are no easy answers where style is concerned. While there used to be a very fine line between the two styles, this narrow middle ground has virtually exploded, rendering classification almost impossible. For a time, though, there was only one unequivocal answer to the question of Scavino’s orientation—in a word, modern. In 1993, Scavino divested his Barolo aging regimen of all Slavonian oak and began using rotary fermenters. While this radical stylistic shift—prior to that time, Scavino aged his Barolos in Slavonian oak—effectively served to brand Scavino as a modernist, it never really established itself as the reigning house style.

In 1998, just a few years into the new regime, Scavino brought the Slavonian oak back, abandoning the sole barrique protocol for a more balanced approach—one year of aging in barrique, followed by one year in cask. He didn’t merely reinstate it, going back for the sake of tradition: It is Scavino’s firm conviction that the wine that is Barolo requires both barrique and cask. He also extended the maceration period for his Barolos (which is conducted in rotary fermenters) by two to three days. The 1999 vintage was the first to hail from this integrated approach—a place where balancing is not an act, but an art.

Wine: Barolo
Producer: Paolo Scavino
Varietal(s): Nebbiolo
Region: Piemonte
Province: Cuneo
Commune: Castiglione Falletto
Vineyard(s): Fiasco
Altitude: 260 meters
Exposure: Southwest
Classification: Barolo DOCG
First Year: 1978
Bottle Production: an average of 700 to 900 cases, depending on the vintage

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