Why We Love Barolo --- Pre-Sale of 2020 Scavino Barolos

2020 in Barolo marks the middle of a trio of magnificent harvests in the region and, perhaps, the most interesting of the three. While warm in an absolute sense, it’s actually the coolest and most ‘classical’ of these three harvests and the wines, thanks to their wonderful native acidity and natural balance, harken back to another era when wines in this style were more the rule than the exception. Think 1998 and 2012 as correlates: middle weight wines that may lack the gravitas and sheer oomph of some other recent harvests but will, nonetheless, provide a great deal of pleasure for many years and have the added benefit of early accessibility. The producers themselves love them! As usual, the Scavinos made textbook wines that vividly show the character of the harvest as well as their respective terroirs. As a group, they are fantastic! The epiphany for me was just how good the normally lighter Ambrogio was in 2020. This is no longer the poor step-child cuvee in this lineup and, in 2020, it rivals Monvigliero as my favorite. Prapo was also a standout for me while the Bric del Fiasc is a dead-ringer for the 2012, and that’s a good thing. Ravera will need some time to grow into itself. If you can afford a few bottles of the rare 2016 San Lorenzo Riserva, by all means, get a few bottles. It is an uncommon achievement in an uncommonly good vintage! And you gotta love that old school label.

  • These are PRE-SALE prices. Post-arrival will be 10% more. Wines are expected in June 2024. This is only a reservation request. You will be charged only after the wines arrive in the US and have been confirmed and allocated. All subject to prior sale.

2020 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc


Magnums $225

Still the cantina’s signature wine, this cuvee still comes 100% from the Fiasco cru in Castiglione. A more forward wine than the monolithic 2019, this will drink sooner, albeit it will not be as gracious in its youth as, say, the 2018. Our recommendation will be to cellar this another five or so years and drink it through its tenth anniversary and beyond. Vinous 94, JS 97

2020 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio


Magnums $145

Consider this the coming out party for this Roddi cuvee. It’s a wonderful site with perfect exposure and its cooler climate makes for a more elegant, open and charming expression of Barolo. Immaculate, stylish and a wine you can enjoy in its relative youth too. The best-ever Ambrogio from Scavino and perhaps the wine that will start a land rush here similar to that of Monvigliero six or eight years ago! Vinous 95, JS 95

2020 Paolo Scavino Barolo Monvigliero


Magnums $175

A very fragrant, polished Movig that drinks more like a fine Burgundy than a robust young Barolo. Excellent length and a seductive palate that will beguile for many years. Intriguing as always. Vinous 93, JS 96

2020 Paolo Scavino Barolo Prapo


Magnums $175

A beautifully balanced, downright snappy Prapo that shows this Serralunga terroir in vivid relief without the sheer heft of its most important vintages. Grippy young tannins and that bit of crunch set this one apart. Reminiscent of the 2012, this is the sleeper in the lineup that will start to show its best at ten years or so past the harvest. Vinous 95, JS 95

2020 Paolo Scavino Barolo Ravera


Magnums $175

Big for a 2020, this has all the salinity and baking spices one associates with Ravera but maybe not the gravitas of its best vintages. Maybe a little disjoined at the moment, time will tell! It certainly is a cellar candidate. Vinous 95, JS 94+

2016 Paolo Scavino ‘Vino Barolo’ Riserva San Lorenzo

$299.99 (very limited)

Magnums $650 (limit 1 per customer)

To take advantage of one of the most exciting vintages ever at this seminal property, the Scavinos have bottled the second-ever release of the Riserva San Lorenzo blended from five of their top sites. This is, in short, a stunning wine that outdoes even their ultra-exciting 2016 Rocche Riserva. Plush, exotic, glorious, silky, WOW! Fans of Scavino will want to put a few bottles of this back for an exciting experience someday. The magnums are expensive as hell, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting one of the few I’ll be getting! Vinous 97, JS 96