Paolo Scavino is an historical winery in the Barolo region. It was founded in 1921 in Castiglione Falletto from Lorenzo Scavino and his son Paolo. Today Enrico Scavino together with his daughters Enrica and Elisa, fourth generation, run the family Estate.
The 2015 Barolo Prapò is the inaugural release of the wine, a distinctive vintage of a wine that is one to watch, for sure. The soil here is precious, comprised of Formazioni di Lequio, a yellow-red sand combined with silty gray marl and rich in minerals.
The vineyard, which sit at 370 meters above sea level and face south/south-east, has a steep slope and despite the vineyard is sunny throughout the day and especially during the morning, this cru is never sweltering because of the good exposure and air currents.
The Scavino family bought this plot in 2008 and let the land rest for two years before they replanted. The goal was to steer away from more productive clones in favor of those that wouldn’t take away too much from the quality. They took wood from the mothership vineyards in Bricco Ambrogio for this experiment, grafting them onto the root-stocks they carefully selected.
The result is a soft and delicate Barolo with a lot of personality to go along with its firmness and power. This is an easy cru to recognize. Fruit is harvested by hand in the third week of October. Skin maceration took place over 12 days, followed by a 20-30 day fermentation in stainless steel with indigenous yeast. Wine is aged in a combination of French barrique and large casks for 2 years prior to bottling.
Aromas of bold red cherry flavours layered with incense, rose, iris and peppery spice. The full-bodied palate is smooth and enveloping, delivering juicy black cherry, red flowers, licorice, tobacco and clove. This wine is very complex and it has a fantastic combination of structure and finesse that shows the power of Serralunga and the elegance that is the hallmark of this estate. The wine is ready to drink but I suggest to hold it for 5-10 years for even more complexity.