The Paolo Scavino 2016 Barolo Prapò (with fruit from Serralunga d'Alba) opens to a beautifully saturated appearance with bold fruit aromas of black cherry, plum and dried currant. Those rusty mineral notes that are so distinctive of this growing area come through loud and clear. This is the second harvest to emerge from this plot of land in Prapò that the Scavino family purchased in 2008 and replanted two years later. We're off to a great start with high-scoring and cellar-worthy wines from both 2015 and 2016. I'd give a slight edge to this vintage, thanks to the sharp precision and linearity of its aromas.
96 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Jul 2020)
The 2016 Barolo Prapò is an exotic, beguiling beauty. Dark cherry, black plum, cloves, new leather, spice and menthol infuse the 2016 with captivating nuance and inner sweetness. In 2016, the Prapò is a wine of substantial depth and intensity. It is also the first wine in this range with a fruit profile decidedly on the riper side of things.
96 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Feb 2020)
This is the Scavino family’s second release of Prapò, from a south-facing vineyard they replanted with a massal selection in 2010. It opens to lush flavors of cherry and pomegranate brightened by notes of licorice and menthol. Suave tannins draw the flavors together on a harmonious, spicy finish.
95 points, Wine & Spirits (Dec 2020)
A very fine-tannined red with plum, strawberry, chocolate and dark-walnut character. It’s full-bodied, yet the tight tannins provide wonderful precision and focus. Racy at the end. Drink after 2022.
95 points, James Suckling (Oct 2020)
Rose, cherry, freshly cut hay and tobacco notes, with a light accent of oak spice, are the highlights of this elegant, complex Barolo. Silky and harmonious, with well-integrated tannins, freshness and a spicy aftertaste. Best from 2023 through 2042. 475 cases made, 150 cases imported.
94 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Dec 2020)
Menthol, iris, new leather and dark spice aromas shape the nose. Full bodied and concentrated, the palate delivers mature Morello cherry, blood orange, licorice and white pepper alongside taut, close-grained tannins before an espresso close.
94 points, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Oct 2020)