The Schiavenza wines are about as classic Barolo as you could hope - the family started farming Nebbiolo as sharecroppers, a common practice in Piemonte, before founding the estate in the 1950s. In fact, the name 'Schiavenza' means 'sharecropper' in the local Piemontese dialect. Run today by sisters (and second-generation of the estate) Enrica & Maura Allessandria, the Schiavenza wines are all organic-bordering-on-biodynamic, and the quality has never been better! This 100% Nebbiolo is sourced from multiple plots around Serralunga d'Alba, in the heart of Barolo, but production is still tiny.
Dusty rose petals, bright red cherry, freshly tanned leather, the nose is full of lovely, almost nostalgic aromatics as if this Barolo itself is taking us back to the old world. On the palate, earthy woodsy flavors mingle with toasted almonds, dried cherry, and strawberry. Grippy and youthful still, but approachable with time in the glass. Drink this afforda-Barolo for the next few years while you let your younger Barolo reservas mature!
This red features pure cherry aromas and flavors, with accents of rose, strawberry, licorice, iron and tobacco. Silky and balanced, with refined tannins and a long aftertaste. Shows finesse and harmony.
Really perfumed with lots of dried fruit and flowers on the nose, as well as crushed concrete. Medium-bodied with firm, creamy tannins that give a dusty and ash-like undertone to the red fruit.
The Schiavenza 2017 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d'Alba shows a delicate fiber and soft renderings of wild berry, rose, tar and rusty soil. The wine is smooth and ultimately especially silky, thanks to the very softened or integrated tannins. This is an accessible and near-term Barolo that falls over the palate in a very delicate manner that is not especially characteristic of Serralunga d'Alba or of this warm and dry vintage.
Aromas of scorched earth, blue flowers, leather and baked plum slowly make their way to the forefront along with a whiff of grilled herbs. Showing the heat of the vintage, the palate offers dried cherry and licorice alongside firm, close-grained tannins that leave an assertive finish. Give the tannins a few more years to unwind, then drink sooner rather than later to capture the fruit and freshness.
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