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Glorious Italians – Barolo, Brunello and Amarone

The single most fun wine event for me so far this year, as well as the most excessive (i.e., 26 wines amongst 10 people), was a mid-week dinner featuring a host of mature Italian wines—Barolos, Brunellos and Amarones—along with some tasty white Burgundies as starters. Continue reading

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Paolo Scavino Barolo Blindtasted: 1985-2001

I don’t think Scavino’s wines are made for the long haul in the way that the traditional producers whose wines I tasted the previous night–Giacomo Conterno, Bartollo Mascarello, Oddero, Cappellano and Francesco Rinaldi–were. With the heavy new oak on the wines of the ’90s, and high extraction, Scavino was clearly going for a more accessible, ripe and hedonistic international style, sacrificing the natural and unique inherent beauty of Nebbiolo when it is given more neutral oak and aged for 20 to 30 years. Scavino’s approach has earned high scores from some critics who like this style (and generated commensurately high prices), but I don’t believe these are wines for long aging and enjoyment like the Barolos from more traditional producers. Continue reading

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