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TN: 1997 Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric

by geo t. » Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:38 pm

1997 Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric, 14.5% alc.: During a recent wino gathering, our friend John McKewan casually mentioned that he wasn’t sure whether it was time to open this dark ruby colored Nebbiolo or not, but when he let slip that he had a full case in the cellar, I assured him that one needed opening for scientific inquiry, and that was all the convincing he needed. This is no “traditional” styled Barolo by any means, and I doubt that “purists” would go for it; medium full to full bodied, it’s rich, dense and extracted, with floral complexities on the nose and an earthy blackberry and cherry personality accented with dark chocolate, a hint of licorice and some subtle cola underneath. Deep and dark, but not necessarily mysterious, this still shows significant structure, being nowhere near its peak; it’s easily a 15-20 year wine. Extremely well received all around, but I have to wonder, is this the Carlisle of Barolo?

Imported by Vin Divino, Chicago, IL

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