2016 Paolo Scavino Barolo ‘Rocche dell'Annunziata’ Riserva Piedmont
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 - "Wow! There's so much going on here. The nose presents and intense mix of dried cherry and red-berry fruit and rose petals, together with mild spice, Mediterranean herbs, tobacco dried apricot and dried and fresh nuts. Much more if you dig in. Full-bodied, super-relaxed palate that is the perfect display case for all the complex fruit character. The tannins are dense but seamless, never displaying any angular edge. Super-long and super concentrated, this is hard to fault. Yet, despite all the seeming extravagance, it remains a composed red with a long life ahead of it. Drink at your leisure."