2010 Paolo Scavino "Monvigliero" Barolo (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $75)
95+: A round, supple Barolo, the 2010 Barolo Monvigliero is beautifully expressive. Today the Monvigliero is incredibly primary and intense, especially in its fruit, while the typical Monvigliero notes aren't fully developed. The 2010 is going to need some time to come together, but it is a beauty. With time in the glass some of the more floral and savory notes that are typical of this site begin to emerge, but only with great reluctance. Today the Monvigliero impresses for its texture, silkiness and exceptional overall balance.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
94+: Good bright, dark red. Complex, showy aromas of raspberry, smoke and minerals. Juicy, pure and tightly coiled, offering very fresh flavors of red berries, red cherry, mint and menthol lifted by minerality. Finishes with suave, ripe, building tannins and a sexy complicating suggestion of leather. This has the energy for a long and graceful evolution in bottle but is already very expressive.
The Scavino family purchased this Monvigliero cru (south-east facing) in the commune of Verduno on Barolo's northern border in 2007. They had been buying the grapes since 2000 and blending it into the "Classic" Barolo and since 2007 it has been bottled as a separate cru. To quote the Scavino family, this is what they think of their vineyard: "Great finesse and aromatic complexity, distinctly floral spicy, savory, balsamic in its expression. The nose is vivid and compound. The texture is focused. An extremely elegant cru, feminine and full of character."