Friday Feature – Pre-Order Your Barolo

Hello and Happy Friday,

While I’m away in Spain, I had to keep you updated on all the most exciting releases!

A reminder of the abbreviated store hours below:

August 31-September 3: CLOSED, please be sure to pick up all your Labor Day weekend needs by August 30th

September 4-5: OPEN, regular store hours (12:00 – 8:00pm)

September 6: OPEN, closing early (12:00 – 6:30pm)

September 7: OPEN, regular store hours (12:00 – 8:00pm)

September 8: OPEN, regular weekend store hours (11:00 – 7:00pm)

September 9-10: CLOSED

September 11: OPEN, regular store hours (CRAIG RETURNS)

Today’s Friday Feature revolves around one of my favorite wine regions in the world – Barolo!

As many of you know, I had a chance to travel to the region at the end of May, and was able to taste many of the upcoming releases from the 2008 vintage.

This is a fantastic vintage, that should be thrilling to the wine lover that prefers a more classic, structured vintage.  The vintage was normal – not the extremes of the previous vintage, although in 2008 there was a quite significant drop in production at many wineries.

In May, I based myself in the village of Castiglione Falletto and had a chance to visit two of its greatest producers – Paolo Scavino and Vietti.

Below is a pre-sell of the Baroli from Paolo Scavino.  These wines are extremely limited and I will do my best to fill all orders given to me.

Also, I have a few bottles of each of the three crus from Vietti in the store right now.  I get such a tiny allocation of Vietti that I rarely have enough to go around.

These are amazing wines, some of the best of Italy!






2008 Paolo Scavino Barolo
This is a terrific value, and it offers early enjoyment!

“The 2008 Barolo is a striking wine at this level. Sweet red fruit, flowers, mint and spices are some of the nuances that emerge from the glass. This is one of the few 2008s that has lovely mid-palate presence to balance the focused, vibrant quality of the year. Layers of expressive, perfumed fruit linger on the finish. The Barolo was made from a number of vineyards, including parcels in Rocche, Mariondino, Vignane, Vignolo, Terlo, Bricco Manescoto, Albarella and Plicotti. How’s that for an all-star collection of sites? The 2008 is flat-out beautiful. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020. 92 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.”
$52.99 BTL. / $635.88 CASE



2008 Paolo Scavino Barolo “Bricco Ambrogio”
From Roddi, a little known village in Piedmont. First produced in 2002, only 6,000 bottles are produced.

Scavino’s 2008 Barolo Bricco Ambrogio is an attractive, fruit-driven Barolo endowed with plump dark cherries, plums, violets and spices. Stylistically it is a round, relatively soft wine for the year. The Bricco Ambrogio should offer rewarding drinking with just a few more years in bottle. This is the most accessible of Scavino’s single-vineyard 2008 Baroli. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.
$64.99 BTL. / $779.88 CASE


2008 Paolo Scavino Barolo “Monvigliero”
Scavino’s second ever bottling from Movigliero – a great vineyard site in Verduno!

“The 2008 Barolo Monvigliero flows from the glass with layers of silky, textured fruit. This is one of the more feminine wines in the Scavino lineup. Floral, minty notes develop in the glass, adding complexity, nuance and personality. The expression of fruit is very Scavino, while the aromatics and structure are pure Monvigliero. This is another intriguing Barolo from Scavino. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2028. 94+ Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.”
$64.99 BTL. / $779.88 CASE


2008 Paolo Scavino Barolo “Carobric”
While not the norm these days, blending of vineyards is still popular in Piedmont and although they are not terroir specific they can be ultra-complex like this excellent wine.

“The 2008 Barolo Carobric bursts from the glass with racy red fruit. This is a vibrant, beautifully-focused Carobric endowed with gorgeous personality and sheer class. The tannins are firm yet beautifully balanced. The 2008 is a fabulous Carobric that impresses for its energy, verve and drive. I loved it. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2028.  94 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.”
$76.99 BTL. / $923.88 CASE


2008 Paolo Scavino Barolo “Cannubi”
Cannubi is a very famous vineyard, located in the township of Barolo. This is a legendary vintage for Cannubi, really excellent length and complexity.

“The 2008 Barolo Cannubi bursts from the glass with freshly cut flowers, black cherries, menthol and spices. It is a cool, reserved wine with plenty of Cannubi character. The 2008 is very young, but striking. The delineation, textural elegance and complexity are all first-rate. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033. 96 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.”
$99.99 BTL. / $1199.88 CASE


2008 Paolo Scavino Barolo “Bric dël Fiasc”
One of the great vineyards of Piedmont, the Scavino’s have been producing this single vineyard wine since 1978.

“The 2008 Barolo Bric del Fiasc is incredibly fine in this vintage, probably because of the addition of a new Riserva from this vineyard into the lineup. Dark red fruit, flowers, mint and spices flow from this graceful, refined Barolo. It will be interesting to see where the 2008 goes from here. I can’t say the 2008 is a very typical Bric del Fiasc because it is more finesse than power, but it is a very beautiful wine just the same. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033. 95 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.”
$99.99 BTL. / $1199.88 CASE


2005 Paolo Scavino Barolo Riserva “Rocche dell’Annunziata”
The First Growth of the Scavino Baroli. Had a bottle in Piedmont this year – amazing!  2005 is an underrated vintage, and this is certainly one of the top wines of the vintage.  The length on this wine is amazing.

“Scavino’s 2005 Barolo Riserva Rocche dell’Annunziata is another gem from one of the best-performing vineyards in this vintage. Sweet red cherries, flowers, spices and menthol all come together with stunning definition and purity in this refined, aristocratic Barolo. An eternal finish rounds out this superb Barolo, which is one of my early favorites in 2005. The wine won’t be released until 2011 so there is still some time for it to come together, but it is already pretty special. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030. 95 Points”
$169.99 BTL. / $1019.94 SIX-PACK CASE




2008 Vietti Barolo “Brunate”
“The Queen” – “Brunate” is one of the great vineyards of La Morra.  Known for its perfume and sheer elegance, it is always a beauty.


2008 Vietti Barolo “Lazzarito”
“The Bruiser” – “Lazzarito” is one of the great vineyards of Serralunga d’Alba.  Known for its power and tannins – it rewards those with patience.


2008 Vietti Barolo “Rocche”
“The Legend” – “Rocche” sits just on the outskirts of Castiglione Falletto, where Vietti is located.  “Rocche” is the sum of the parts, combing power, with elegance with sheer incredible perfume.

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