Had a couple of friends over for dinner last night and sat outside in the patio drinking a couple of Barolos with a grilled pork loin and parsley salad. The wines were 1997 Vietti Barolo Lazzarito and 1996 Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi.
During dinner, the latter showed fabulous ripe fruit and silky tannins with a raspberry and light spice aftertaste that lasted for minutes (93 points). The former was almost as impressive, even more structured in tannins, with lots of chocolate and cherry character and big velvety tannins (92 points). Both wines have a long life ahead of them, but they were drinking well nonetheless. I found the Vietti the more backward of the two. Both wines were better than I remembered when I first tasted them years back; in a blind tasting then, the Scavino received 91 points and the Vietti 90.
Barolos are such soulful wines. They touch you with their unique character and provenance.
I am planning to do a large retrospective tasting of 1996 Barolos in a few weeks. I am excited to see how the wines have evolved.
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