2015 Schiavenza Barolo PrapoNebbiolo from Italy
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"If you are looking for a classic Serralunga Barolo that offers structure for long-term cellaring, the wines from Schiavenza are ideal candidates. Traditional in the winemaking...
- 94 Monica Larner - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 93 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
- 92 Wine Spectator
- 91 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
94 Monica Larner - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Offering power and a deep, penetrating style, the 2015 Barolo Prapò is a wine with a steady center of gravity. That tight inner core of fruit is typical of this vineyard site and of the Serralunga d'Alba subzone in general. Notes of dark fruit and dried blackberry are followed by spice, cured leather and dark licorice. This is the Barolo you want for a grilled T-bone steak."
93 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
"Delightfully fragrant aromas with vanilla-dusted roses and red cherries that lead to a palate that has a very succulent texture and a long draw through the finish, delivering a fresh, spicy red-cherry aftertaste. Drink or hold."
92 Wine Spectator
"The cherry, rose, tar, iron and tobacco flavors are matched by dense tannins in this compact red. However, this remains fresh and focused, showing fine overall balance and a lengthy finish. Best from 2024 through 2045. 400 cases made, 166 cases imported. — BS"
91 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
"The 2015 Barolo Prapò is another intriguing wine in this range from Schiavenza. Although the 2015 is a bit soft, especially for this cru, it does offer beguiling aromatic nuance and tons of pure appeal. Dried flowers, mint, sage, pine and dried cherry add layers of complexity, Here, too, Schiavenza made a Barolo without the tannic edge that has penalized wines in the past. The Prapò is decidedly small scaled, but its balance and overall sense of harmony are beyond reproach."
"If you are looking for a classic Serralunga Barolo that offers structure for long-term cellaring, the wines from Schiavenza are ideal candidates. Traditional in the winemaking, each Barolo is an excellent representation of its site, from the Serralunga comune bottling to Broglio, Ceretta and Prapò. The wines are rugged in nature, but never aggressive, and are beautifully made with great restraint and harmony." - Tom Hyland, Forbes "Best 25 Producers of Barolo"
"Schiavenza is located in Serralunga d'Alba in the heart of Piedmont's Langhe district, celebrated for its great Barolo vineyards. The estate was founded in 1956 by the brothers Vittorio and Ugo Alessandria; the estate and surrounding area were formerly part of the Opera Pia Barolo (a castle that is kind of like the Hospices du Beaune: part educational institution and part hospital) whose vineyards were traditionally worked by sharecroppers. The local dialect for sharecropper is schiavenza. Today, the estate is run by the second-generation Alessandria sisters, Enrica and Maura, and their husbands Luciano Pira and Walter Anselma. Their holdings include 9.2 hectares in Serralunga with a small 0.5ha plot in Monforte d’Alba, and include the heralded crus Prapò, Cerretta, and Broglio. For the last 19 years, they have also run Trattoria Schiavenza, right in the middle of the village of Serralunga, where their traditional fare draws in both local winemakers and tourists.
In the vineyard, they do not use pesticides or herbicides. Harvest is manual and is conducted according to the phases of the moon. In the cellar, they use only naturally occurring yeasts, and ferment the wines in cement cisterns. In terms of aging, this is no modern barrique-aged Barolo estate: the wines here are aged for extended period of time in the traditional large Slovenian barrels called botti. Tasting the three crus side by side, one realizes what Schiavenza is all about. All three crus are on the east side of the Serralunga ridge, so exposures are all same, to the southeast. Yields are more or less the same. Cellar treatment (fermentation, length of maceration, vessel, and length of aging) is all the same. The differences one feels have only to do with the variations in cru and vintage. The quality here is shockingly good. Schiavenza's wines are elegant, pure expressions of Nebbiolo that would embarrass many a more famous address." -Importer
94 - Monica Larner - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
93 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
92 - Wine Spectator
91 - Antonio Galloni - Vinous
|Taste||blackberry, cherry, smoke and earth|
|Nose||truffle, cherry, plum, leather and vanilla|