2015 Paolo Scavino Barolo ‘Rocche dell'Annunziata’ Riserva Piedmont
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Winemaker Notes: If Bric del Fiasc is the king of the Paolo Scavino cellars, Rocche dell'Annunziata is the queen: a riserva always of great elegance. A wine that is enticing, complex and extremely fine. Produced only in the best vintages, the fruit comes from old vines planted in 1942 and since, have been meticulously cared for in a traditional way. Opulent aroma, with big blackberry, earth and spice and a hint of cigar box. Full-bodied and muscular, with a core of ripe fruit and silky tannins. Never ending finish.
James Suckling - "Very intense blackberry and blueberry character with sliced-mushroom and tree-bark undertones. Porcini mushrooms really set the tone here. It’s full-bodied with powerful tannins that come through the fantastic fruit. Lots to see and understand here, but it’s just opening now. One for the cellar. "
Wine Spectator - "This is complex and fresh, offering cherry, strawberry, sun-kissed hay, eucalyptus and mineral flavors. Seems to be closing down, with dense tannins prevailing on the finish, yet there's also energy and length. Be patient. Best from 2024 through 2043. 508 cases made, 203 cases imported. "
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - "The Paolo Scavino 2015 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Riserva is a broad and amply fleshed out expression from a warm and sunny vintage. The fruit shows ripeness and an open-knit texture. To the palate, the wine reveals thickness and ample depth, with lots of dried cherry and blackberry to maintain that robust center of gravity. Fruit comes from La Morra, and you get some characteristic rusty nail and dried violet as well. "
Vinous - "The 2015 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata is gracious, perfumed and beautifully lifted - in other words classic Rocche dell'Annunziata. Crushed rose petal, raspberry, blood orange, mint and cinnamon lend captivating aromatic presence to this silky, mid-weight Barolo. All the elements are so nicely balanced. This is an especially gracious, understated style for Scavino. Best of all, the 2015 will drink well with minimal cellaring."