1997 Paolo Scavino Barolo "Rocche dell'Annunziata"
Very dark ruby. Wonderful aromas of roses, blackberry, violet and licorice. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and lots of juicy fruit. Turns to fresh mushroom on the finish. Balanced and pretty. Just coming around.(2007)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The soft-textured, open 1997 Rocche dell’Annunziata (3-liter) is another beautiful wine. Showing plenty of super-ripe fruit, tar and licorice nuances and a lush personality it nevertheless has plenty of underlying structure as well as balance. It is a great choice for current drinking and its slightly more evolved aromas and flavors suggest it will reach full maturity sooner than the other vintages in this flight. 93/Anticipated maturity: 2006-2015. While Scavino may be most famous for his Barolo Bric del Fiasc, to me his Riserva from the Rocche dell’Annunziata vineyard is his finest wine. With its typically perfumed nose, silky fruit and fine tannins, it is the most elegant and refined of Scavino’s Barolos. In general the Rocche dell’Annunziata is a wine with a broader drinking window, as is typical of Barolos from La Morra, although judging by the 1990 its early drinkability does not seem to compromise the wine’s aging potential. Several recent bottles of the 1998 and 1999 have been immensely enjoyable. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep saturated red. Superripe aromas of red cherry, berries, licorice and menthol; here the oak is much less apparent than in the Bric del Fiasc. Dense, voluminous and impressively structured; has the sheer chewy extract to buffer its considerable alcoholic clout. Finishes rather powerfully, with a youthful aggressiveness that will require at least a few years of patience. (ST)