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Barolo Paolo Scavino Carobric 2004

£69.99

The Wine

A wonderfully complex wine from Paolo Scavino, one of the leading producers of Barolo. 

Full of classic Barolo flavours - cherry, plum, tobacco, truffle, liquorice - and with a grand structure of tannin and acidity, this has the legs to improve for a couple of decades at least. 

The Region

Barolo is based in the Piemonte region of north-west Italy. It is the most powerful, dynamic and age-worthy expression of the Nebbiolo grape. 

As a DOCG there are certain requirements in relation to the yield of grapes (56hl/ha) and ageing requirements - the wine cannot be released until it has had 38 months ageing with at lease 18 months in oak. This means it is a true wine of quality. 

The core of the region is based around the townships of Barolo, La Morra, Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga D'Alba and Monforte d'Alba. Each area can have a distinct style based on the soil type and micro-climate. Barolo and La Morra to the west have a different soil type from the other 3 areas to the east, making them generally softer, fruitier and more aromatic. The areas to the east tend to be intense and structure, requiring longer to age.

All Barolo share a colour that is not deep (think Pinot Noir), turning to garnet quite quickly. They share complex, wonderful aromas of cherry and plum, ageing to violets, liquorice, tar, white truffles and rose petals.

Food Pairing

Barolo pairs very well with all game food, especially goose as the acids of the wine combat the rich fattiness very well. 

Also, dishes containing liver, wild mushrooms or truffle. Imagine a wild mushroom risotto with a truffled cheese or truffle oil on it.

Medium cheeses, such as gran padano. Any blue cheese would be too much for a Barolo.

Critics Review

Vinous gives this 94/100:

"The 2004 Barolo Carobric is in a great place today where it is starting to show the first signs of aromatic complexity, yet it also clearly has plenty of upside for the future. Firm yet nicely integrated tannins give the 2004 much of its energy. Sweet tobacco, plums, underbrush, cherries and melted road tar linger on the multi-faceted finish. Carobric is a blend of fruit from Cannubi, Rocche di Castiglione and Bric del Fiasc. (Drink between 2015-2029)"

Serving

This definitely needs to be decanted for a few hours - the power and concentration of this wine, and the structural tannins need time to open up. The patience will be well rewarded.

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