Iris, woodland berry, menthol and exotic spice scents shape the enticing nose. It's firm and elegantly structured, delivering red cherry, spiced cranberry and licorice before a minty finish. Fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity lend balance and support. Hold for even more complexity. Drink 2026–2036.
97 points, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Oct 2020)
The Scavino family has produced a single-vineyard expression of Monvigliero since 2006, as they have long believed in this site in Verduno. The Paolo Scavino 2016 Barolo Monvigliero opens to blue flowers, dried lavender and lilac. There are pretty fruit tones as well with wild berry and sour cherry. The overall effect is feather light and lithe, with polished streamlined intensity and finely polished tannins. The most beautiful thing about this wine is that it builds in intensity the longer it stays in the glass.
96 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Jul 2020)
The 2016 Barolo Monvigliero is one of the classiest and most polished wines in this range. Silky and floral, with terrific depth. the 2016 captures all of the distinctiveness of this site in its mid-weight personality. Sweet red cherry fruit, blood orange, mint and rose petal add aromatic inner sweetness and perfume, with veins of tannin that give the wine shape and energy. The 2016 is just gorgeous. I can't wait to see how it develops in time.
96 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Feb 2020)
This wine opens with scents of rose petals and fresh herbs, those herbal notes mirrored in the flavors as they weave through fresh cherry and pomegranate. Velvety tannins frame the fruit without impeding it, leading to a long and balanced finish.
95 points, Wine & Spirits (Dec 2020)
Plenty of plum and dried-strawberry aromas with hazelnut and tar. Complex and exciting. Medium to full body, firm and chewy tannins and a powerful finish. This is really structured and serious. Try after 2024.
95 points, James Suckling (Oct 2020)