2010 Paolo Scavino "Cannubi" Barolo (Pre-Arrival)
As good as the Rocche dell’Annunziata Riserva is, Scavino’s Cannubi has become his best wine, blending grace and power as only Cannubi can do.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
95+: Good deep, full red. Wonderfully vibrant nose hints at raspberry, flowers, minerals and pepper. Sappy and vinous in the mouth, with insinuating sweetness to its flavors of red cherry, raspberry and dried flowers. Not as large-scaled as the Bric del Fiasc but this energetic, sharply delineated wine expands impressively with aeration and finishes with terrific building length. Lay this one down for fireworks in about eight years.
A Barolo with pure berry, cherry and ripe-plum character. Full body with chewy tannins and a chocolate-powder, berry and plum aftertaste. Balanced and fresh. Better in 2017
The 2010 Barolo Cannubi is the hardest of these wines to read at this stage. Here it is the Scavino house style that seems to dominate over the characteristics of the site. Smoke, tar, licorice and menthol are some of the notes that take shape at first. Sage, rosemary, new leather and tobacco follow, adding nuance to the rich, resonant finish. The silky tannins are suggestive of Cannubi, but otherwise the vineyard's signatures aren't expressive. Today, the Cannubi comes across as extremely powerful, dark and not fully formed. I look forward to tasting it again in another 6-12 months.
Barolo. Concentrated mid ruby. Confident, sweet and finely perfumed nose. Almost a little exotic. Lots of fruit framed by powerful tannins. A little brash for Cannubi, and with a huge length but also boasting a near-perfect balance. (WS)