Scavino's 2012 Barolo Monvigliero fleshes out beautifully in the glass. Creamy, ample and layered, the Monvigliero possesses good depth for the year, not to mention solid overall balance. This is an especially forward vintage for the Monvigliero. The only thing missing at this stage is a bit more site specificity. If that develops in bottle, the 2012 will be an even better and more satisfying Barolo than this note suggests. Over the last few months the tannins have begun to soften nicely, so we will see. Sweet tobacco, crushed flowers, blood orange, cranberry and spices add the final shades of nuance on the mid-weight finish.
-- Antonio Galloni