Go where the Joy is. @paoloscavino

Winery DogLino Scavino, relaxing on one of his many dog beds at the Paolo Scavino winery…

I was having a rough time this morning, trying to generate something worthwhile here.  And then I remembered, I can always go back to the places I am happiest.

I am no wine critic- I’m just a girl with a blog and a passion for Italian wine.  I work in the wine business too, and sometimes my hobby (wine) and my career (more wine) intersect with my personal life (even more wine).  No place is this more true than within the warm brick walls of the Paolo Scavino winery.  I used to sell these wines.  Then I met Elisa, Enrica and Enrico Scavino and I fell in love with this family. As both a professional and a hobbyist, I truly believe in the work they are doing here.  The proof is in the wines! Continue reading

Lunch with the family @PaoloScavino, talking glassware and Tajarin.

Squadra Scavino

 

Work is never finished for a farmer, and especially for a wine grower!  This is a picture of Enrico Scavino with some of his Italian sales agents and a few local Alba boys who stopped by the winery to taste and take a tour of the facility.  On a Sunday.  In the middle of the harvest. These people work so hard- it’s truly impressive.

After the tour group departed Elisa and Enrico invited me to have lunch with them in their family home.  It was such a beautiful experience- and if you ever have the chance to taste Elisa’s Aunt’s cooking, you’ll understand completely.

Rocche

 

We tasted the 2007 Rocche dell’Annunziata Barolo with lunch (locally made tajarin and Zia’s ragu, roasted beef, long beans from the garden…).  Always an elegant wine- she is ripe and full of promise right now.  This is a baby with at least 35 years to go before we will know her true beauty.  The discussion turned to glassware, and Elisa insisted we taste the wine in a series of different glasses.  Enrico had been part of a panel of producers who went to Riedel with Angelo Gaja to develop the “Nebbiolo” glass, and he is a big fan of this fluted, wide-bowled shape.  I love the way the spread lip encourages the wine to spill over your tongue and all over the inside of your mouth so easily.

gajaIt was a lot of fun to taste the wine with the two of them from different glasses.  The shape makes such a huge difference in how aromatics are perceived, and how “hot” the alcohol reads.  Now I understand why so many of our customers have a standard glass they always use to taste wine.  At least it will give you a baseline for what you are tasting.

Enrico Scavino

 

Bravo, Papa Enrico!  Bravo!

 

A Note on Oak Arrogance.

Ercole

Ercole “Lino” Scavino.  Barrel Snob?

There are those moments when I realize I am being a bit of a spoiled, judgmental brat.

Just the other night, I stuck my nose in a glass of Travaglini’s 2006 Gattinara Riserva and made a snap-judgement.  I thought to myself, “Too much oak.  What the heck are they thinking?”   Continue reading

#BaroloistheAnswer @paoloscavino

BaroloThis funny piece of pop artwork comes from Gerald at Weimax Wines & Spirits.  Gerald must have created it for at least two reasons.

Firstly, because it is true.  In some way, Barolo is always the answer.

Secondly, I think Gerald made it to make Elisa Scavino smile.  If you’ve ever seen Elisa smile, you’d know this is also a perfectly good reason to do pretty much anything.

#BaroloistheAnswer

I think he's just Hungry 2Grazie, Gerladino!

 

Mugsy loves Bricco Ambrogio, and so will you.

Two of my favorite things.  My dog, Mugsy, and Barolo.  And not just any Barolo: Paolo Scavino’s Bricco Ambrogio Barolo from 2006.  The Bricco Ambrogio vineyard is in Roddi, one of the lesser-known townships in Barolo.  However, Mugsy was happy to find out that Roddi is home to the historic Truffle-Dog Training School.  Now he wants to go to Italy, too.

Bricco Ambrogio’s marly, limestone soils have an unlimited potential to produce stunning Nebbiolo, and we are only beginning to see its potential as a cru from the Scavino family.  Clearly, this 2006 single-cru Barolo is still a baby.  However after it was open for several hours (and had been sloshing around in my wine bag all day), it developed that unique, dried-rose-petals and mineral quality so many of Scavino’s Baroli share.  The tannins had also just begun to unwind themselves, unveiling a more luxurious texture, and flavors of silky-smooth cherries and tobacco. This is a beautiful wine from a serious vintage- it will age gracefully for another 40 years.  Maybe even longer.

*I am employed by Banville & Jones Wine Merchants, and sell the Paolo Scavino wines.  I also happen to love the wines, too! Also, please pardon the gratuitous dog photography.  I am in love with this mutt!*