Showing Enrico Scavino's signature at the bottom of the label, this is a classic expression of Barolo. The Paolo Scavino 2016 Barolo offers impeccable balance and an all-pleasing approach. There is something for everyone, especially die-hard Nebbiolo lovers, with energy, power, aromatic finesse and elegant tannins. Fruit for this wine is sourced from a half-dozen vineyard sites from across the appellation, so you get some of the power of Serralunga d'Alba and the precision of Castiglione Falletto. The scope of this wine is wide and broad, offering sweeping panoramic views of this unique grape from Piedmont. This is a terrific value.
95 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Jul 2020)
Fragrant blue flower and perfumed berry aromas mingle with whiffs of dark culinary spice and forest floor. Tightly knit and loaded with finesse, the full-bodied palate features juicy cherry, strawberry compote, star anise and a hint of white pepper alongside taut, polished tannins. Fresh acidity keeps it balanced. Drink 2022–2030.
95 points, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Oct 2020)
A very pretty, floral Barolo with rose petals, cedar and sandalwood, as well as strawberries and cherries. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, very fine and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Needs three or four years to soften a little. Try after 2022.
95 points, James Suckling (Oct 2020)
This shows some heft, the fleshy texture enveloping cherry, raspberry, floral and spice flavors. Menthol and toasty oak notes add interest, while the long finish is defined by vibrant acidity. Fine harmony and expression. Best from 2022 through 2038. 3,400 cases made, 1,200 cases imported.
93 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Nov 2020)
The Scavino family draws fruit for this wine from seven of their cru vineyards scattered across the communes of Barolo, Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga d’Alba. In 2016, it came together in a beautifully balanced Barolo, with bright red-berry tones and notes of licorice and lavender in a supple mid-weight frame. Immensely appealing in its youth, this should also age well.
93 points, Wine & Spirits (Dec 2020)