Paolo Scavino Barolo Prapo 2017
Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy. Despite the Barolo from Serralunga have always been described as austere ones, Paolo Scavino finds in Prapò many element of softness and elegance. It’s a deep wine characterized by an intense garnet red color, dark fruit like figs and black cherries, spicy notes such as nutmeg and black pepper. The texture is dense, rich and charming. The tannins have a full and round grain.
Vinous 95: The 2017 Barolo Prapò is yet another stellar wine in this range. Dark and brooding in the glass, the Prapò expresses all of the natural weight of this Serralunga cru, but with more overt fruit and a bit less tannic heft than is often the case. That should make 2017 a real pleasure to drink, with just a handful of years in the cellar. Succulent black cherry, licorice, menthol, gravel, and cured meats build into the heady finish. Rating: 95+
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 94: This is a bold and opulent wine that sources its fruit from Serralunga d'Alba. The Paolo Scavino 2017 Barolo Prapò delivers rich fruit weight, with plummy black fruit, blackcurrant, iron ore, spice, and cured spice. The vines at this site were replanted in 2008 and the fruit shows depth and authenticity, thanks to their advancing age. You get lingering mineral tones of rust and iron that marry this wine to a sense of place. The finish is bold but moderate in length.
James Suckling 94: Very fresh and perfumed with oranges, cherries, raspberries, and flowers. Medium-bodied with firm tannins and a racy, fine-tannin finish. Linear and racy. Give it time to soften. Try after 2024.
We worked the soil and let it rest for a year, then replanted it with Nebbiolo’s vines from massal selection*. The soil here is precious, rich in minerals that sparkle under the sun. The slope is steep and despite the vineyard being sunny throughout the day and especially during the morning, this cru is never sultry because of the good exposure and air currents.
Village: Serralunga d’Alba
Altitude: 370 m
Surface: 0,7850 Ha
Exposure: south, south-east
Planting year: 2010
Plant density: 5000 plant/hectares
Soil: Formazioni di Lequio, yellow-reddish sands combined with strata of silty, grayish marls
*Massal selection is a traditional technique for the vines' reproduction with the goal of preserving their intra-varietal genetic variability, in order to maintain the vineyard's distinctive traits while maintaining its relationship with the terroir.