1997 Paolo Scavino "Bric dël Fiasc" Barolo
Dark ruby red. Absolutely gorgeous aromas of crushed berry and fresh flowers, with mushroom and spice undertones. Full-bodied, with chewy, rich tannins and a tangy acidity. This still needs time to come together. Very chewy. (JS; Web-2007)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1997 is a flashy, opulent Bric del Fiasc, with layers of super-ripe dark fruit, chocolate, tar and alcohol that burst onto the palate in a display of awesome concentration and length. It is a big, weighty Barolo that promises to drink well for at least another decade. 92/Anticipated maturity: 2007-2017. Bric del Fiasc, was first produced in 1978. The vineyard is located in Castiglione Falletto and the wines from this plot are generally the biggest and most structured of the estate’s lineup. In important vintages Bric del Fiasc requires at least several years of cellaring. Today vintages 1989 and 1990 appear to still be fresh and youthful and my guess is that recent vintages will age at least as well given that they were made from lower yields and with a much greater sense of awareness towards other factors affecting quality. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep saturated red, impressive for the year. Vibrant but exotic nose dominated by dark berries and spicy oak. Dense, rich and very concentrated, with sweet flavors of minerals, red fruits, mint and oak. Quite primary and firm for the year, and in need of bottle aging.