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Barolo Riserva Speciale DOC by Scarpa 1962

Barolo Riserva Speciale DOC

by Scarpa 1962

Producer : Scarpa

Region : Italy (Italy), Piedmont (Italy)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables

Tasting Notes

"An admittedly hard act to follow, but the 1962 Scarpa Barolo Riserva Speciale (a wine I hadn’t tried in the last six or seven years and was curious to see how it was holding up) was up to the task, and then some. This bottle was in perfect shape (decent provenance is always a problem with older Italian wines), still showcasing bright red cherry, rose petal and delicate tar aromas and flavors of noteworthy intensity, supported by vibrant acidity; unfortunately, thirty minutes after opening the bottle, less memorable woodsy and underbrush notes took over, while the fruit disappeared. Nevertheless I was very impressed by the wine, especially considering that 1962 is remembered as a vintage of mainly elegant Barolos but of dubious ageworthiness. Clearly, they were confident of the wine’s merits at Scarpa, as they chose to make a Riserva Speciale, something I wouldn’t have thought to be a particularly good idea in the 1962 vintage. Clearly, this wine proves me wrong."

94 points - Ian d'Agata, Vinous Media, June 2015

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Point Score 94
Cellaring Drink Now
Sweetness Descriptor D - Dry See Sweetness Chart
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Scarpa
Region Italy (Italy), Piedmont (Italy)
Alcohol 14% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 1962
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes 100% Nebbiolo
Food Pairing Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $2, 094.00

The Producer

Scarpa

Few can rival Scarpa for not only the stature of their work, but the dizzying number of famous wines they have made and continue to make since the mid 18th century. Scarpa was among the founders of the appellations of Barbaresco and Barolo. There are not a lot of wines that can match up in quality with the wines from Scarpa. SCARPA was founded in the second half of the eighteenth century by a Venetian migrant, Antonio Scarpa. Still bearing his name, the cellar was handed over to a family from Nizza Monferrato in the late 40's. Mario Pesce, was a young oenologist then who acquired SCARPA after his studies in Burgundy and Alsace and led the cellar throughout its success over the decades. Those are the years when the rules were set: excellent quality, sustainable agriculture and traditional winemaking methods. This is the benchmark to which Scarpa still stands by today.
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