It’s easy to assume that ’15 was a year that will remind us of the other warmer vintages lately like ’03, ’07, and/or ’11, and while there is ripeness there, we were pleasantly surprised earlier this year with freshness and elegance the wines had in their youth. Yes, the Langhe saw warmer weather than the ten-year average from April through August, but the months of September and October were much cooler than the 10 year average, and throughout the growing season the nights cooled off nicely allowing the vines to recoup from any added stress. Canopy management was as important as ever in 2015, and the producers like Scavino that didn’t run around pulling leaves throughout the summer saw great benefit.
There hasn’t been much to complain about at Scavino in recent memory as the family seems to be on quite a roll right now, firmly establishing themselves as one of the premier estates in one of the 2-3 greatest places on earth to grow red grapes. Enrico Scavino is quite a legend, having worked their vineyards since 1951 when he was 10 years old, and he was one of the first to bottle a cru Barolo on its own when he convinced his father to bottle the 1978 Bric del Fiasc separately from the ‘classic’ Barolo that had been the norm. Today he’s in his late 70’s, still active as could be, and he’s allowed his daughters Elisa and Enrica to take over and begin to put their stamp on what the next generation will bring to Scavino. We’re very excited to be a part of their future.
There are 2 exciting new crus that became part of the Scavino family with the 2015 release, the first being Prapò in Serralunga, an 8ha site that you only see used by 5-6 wineries. The site has a wonderful east exposure at 270-380 meters of elevation, and the wines are known for being quite long-lived. Secondly, we get to sell and drink a little Ravera this year from the historic cru that mainly lies in Novello, which we may all know a bit better due to the great wines of Elvio Cogno. The site is known for being austere and challenging in its youth, but we saw that the ’15 vintage allowed this site to shine with a bit more elegance and forward fruit, still having the concentration and depth to gracefully age for decades as this site annually demonstrates.
Another piece of news to consider here is that Scavino lost their long-term leased piece of the prized Cannubi after the 2018 vintage, so the Cannubi and Carobric wines are sadly nearing the finish lines of their illustrious careers. We’ve enjoyed Carobric since 1996, but it’s hard to make that wine if the “Ca” part of the name disappears from the equation. “Robric” doesn’t have the same ring. The Scavino clan has been working vines planted in 1946 in Cannubi since 1985, and it’s going to be very sad when we don’t have that wine to offer any longer. Take advantage of the end of these 2 eras as much as you can with this offer.
We’ve included a few of the other wines in the presell offer as well, and there is a page with Parker and Suckling scores attached as well. Please get your requests back to me by the end of the day on July 31st.
All Cru Baroli are in wooden six packs. All other wines are in 12pk cases.
2015 Scavino Barolo
2015 Scavino Barolo Cannubi
2015 Scavino Barolo Monvigliero
2015 Scavino Barolo Ravera
2015 Scavino Barolo Prapo
2015 Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio
2013 Scavino Barolo Riserva Rocche dell'Annunziata
2015 Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc
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