It was probably the last warm evening in Piedmont to dine outside last Saturday, and two of the biggest names in Barolo–Luciano Sandrone and Enrico Scavino--tasted though a range of 1997 reds at OsteriaVeglio in Annunziata. The wines included three single-vineyard Barolos from Scavino (Cannubi, Bric dël Fiasc, and Carobric) and three single-vineyard reds from Gaja, including Sorì Tildìn, Sorì San Lorenzo, and Conteisa. Plus, there was 1997 Antinori Solaia and 1997 Brunello di Montalcino Castelgiocondo Ripe al Convento Riserva. The Barolos were samples left over from a blind tasting I did that day for a future story in the magazine on the vintage.
Everyone at our table, including the producers' two daughters, Barbara Sandrone and Enrica Scavino, couldn’t get over how fresh and fruity the wines were. “I can’t believe that people, particularly in Italy, said that the 1997s would not last,” said Luciano as he drank a Sorì Tildìn. “These wines are all so youthful.”
Added Erica, “The wines still have a long life ahead of them. They have great freshness.”
I thought the wines were fabulous. In fact, it was hard to not finish the bottles! Anyone who says that 1997 is not a great vintage for Italy doesn’t know what he or she is talking about. The vintage is magic.
Peter Shanahan — North Carolina — September 10, 2007 4:15pm ET
Jim Nuffield — Toronto — September 10, 2007 5:41pm ET
Sandy Fitzgerald — Centennial, CO — September 10, 2007 6:12pm ET
Scott Oneil — UT — September 10, 2007 11:42pm ET
James Suckling — — September 11, 2007 4:26am ET
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