08 Mar Italy & Lebanon Tastings Sat. 3/10
Paolo Scavino and Ixsir!!!
Saturday, March 10
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
We have yet ANOTHER big tasting weekend in store for you! This weekend we’ll feature wines from legendary producers Paolo Scavino from Barolo and Ixsir from Lebanon. In addition to the current releases form Scavino and Ixsir, you’ll have a rare opportunity to pre order single vineyard Baroli and an all new Italian selection we’re VERY excited about.
Ixsir Wines with Nagi Saikali
“The winemakers are Gabriel Rivero, a Spaniard who was at Château Sociando-Mallet, and Hubert De Boüard, co-owner and manager of Château Angélus. The mid-range Grande Reserve is the flagship, with the EL being an upper-level wine from high altitudes. These are simply lovely. Showing mid-palate finesse and refinement, they have a sophisticated feel to them. If you’re into fruit bombs, that is not what you’re getting here. These have a lot of potential. Their freshness and balance may sustain them well in the cellar, too. They have a very Northern Rhône feel to them.”
-The Wine Advocate
2017 Ixsir “Altitudes,” Blanc, Batroun District
On Sale $12.99
Presenting an elegant swirl of golden glittering robe, this wine breathes a bouquet of floral aromas with hints of Muscat and notes of grapefruit. Floral and fruity, with a sharp and crisp character, this balanced wine reveals a nice fresh palate.
2015 Ixsir “El Blanc,” Batroun District
On Sale $24.99
Clear limpid color with golden touches. Wine with elegant and delicate aromas of flowers, white-fleshed fruits, infused plants and spices, underpinned by a subtle complexity. On the palate the purity of a great Viognier blends with the fullness of Chardonnay to deliver a smooth yet firm wine with a remarkable elegance, minerality, and depth.
2017 Ixsir “Altitudes,” Rosé, Batroun District
On Sale $12.99
Recalling the region of Provence, this wine has a marble pink robe with peony reflections revealing an intense bouquet of gooseberry and vine leaves. With its suave fruity, and crispy palate, it will arouse the admiration of anyone passionate about authentic rosé wines.
2013 Ixsir “Altitudes,” Rouge, Batroun District
On Sale $12.99
With a black cherry color and garnet reflections, this wine unleashes fresh aromas that vary between red and black fruits, with a touch of oak. Its unique blending gives the wine a supple and delicate character where blackcurrant and blackberry merge.
2013 Ixsir “Grande Reserve Rouge,” Batroun District
On Sale $22.99
Rich in minerals and saturated with Mediterranean character, this wine unleashes exuberant aromas of mature fruits and spices. Its concentrated taste enrobed in a fine texture gives it an attractive liveliness, while its rich and mellow yet always-complex palate lasts until the final touch of fruit.
2013 Ixsir “El Rouge,” Batroun District
On Sale $44.99
Violet red to the eye, this wine is a blend of 55% Syrah, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. A nose of black cherry and violet prepares the palate for flavors of cassis, cherry conserves, orange zest, licorice and tobacco. Fruit and spice flavors keep each other in check amid velvety tannins. The smooth cherry finish is highlighted by touches of orange zest.
Paolo Scavino Wines with Riccardo Sgirra
We’ll have an additional special guest Riccardo Sgira on hand to taste some georgous cool climate Nebbiolo with us on Saturday! In addition to his lineup of in-stock wines we can taste the soon to be released “Cru” Baroli as well.
2016 Paolo Scavino Vino Rosso
On Sale $11.99
Piedmont does not have an IGT appellation, but if it did this wine would be a perfect candidate. The 2016 Rosso is a blend of Nebbiolo (declassified from its DOC status), Dolcetto and Barbera. This is a great value buy to serve at informal occasions. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and each variety is vinified separately before the final assembly is made. The succulence and richness of the mouthfeel recalls the Dolcetto grape, but the bouquet shows some of the wild berry and licorice aromas that you would otherwise associate with Nebbiolo.
The Wine Advocate
2016 Paolo Scavino Dolcetto d’Alba
On Sale $12.99
Fruit for the 2016 Dolcetto d’Alba is sourced from the Bricco Ambrogio vineyard in Roddi. Most of this site is planted to Nebbiolo, but a small part is dedicated to Dolcetto. The vines are 60-years-old and the clusters are very small in size and concentrated in flavor. You definitely taste that extra intensity here. Dolcetto has a tendency to taste jammy in the hot years, Paolo Scavino tells me, but these older vines ripen later than average and this risk is reduced. Dolcetto also tends to go into reductive phases so the wine sees more racking as a result. This vintage delivers good layering with a bold and almost impenetrable wall of dark berry fruit at the front.
90 points, The Wine Advocate
2015 Paolo Scavino Barbera d’Alba “Affinato In Carati”
On Sale $20.99
Made with fruit from old vines, the 2015 Barbera d’Alba Affinato In Carati is only produced in the best vintages. The first vintage made was 1988. The wine stands out for its natural freshness and energy that is especially balanced and focused in this warm vintage. The 2015 growing season was ideal for a grape with naturally high freshness like Barbera. The Scavino family has done an excellent job of pulling out the elegant side of this grape. This is not always an easy feat. The vines are planted in limestone-rich soils and these conditions also help to soften out any rough edges. This wine should hold ten years, if not more.
92 points, The Wine Advocate
2013 Paolo Scavino Barolo “Carobric”
On Sale $58.99
The 2013 Barolo Carobric is a wine with a bright future, but is going to need at least a few years to come together. Today, the tannins are super imposing and yet there is an underlying sweetness to the fruit that is impossible to miss. Readers will have to be patient, but the 2013 Carobric is extremely promising. I especially like the freshness and energy here. Moreover, the Carobric has a track record of developing beautifully in bottle. Put simply, the 2013 is a terrific Carobric in the making. As always, Carobric is a blend of fruit from Cannubi, Rocche (Castiglione Falletto) and Bric del Fiasc. The blend of grapes from various sites contributes to the wine’s super-classic feel, especially in this vintage.
95 points, Antonio Galloni
2013 Paolo Scavino Barolo “Bric del Fiasc”
On Sale $77.99
The 2013 Barolo Bric del Fiasc is one of the most complete and satisfying wines in the range. Exquisitely layered and precise, the Bric del Fiasc is also unusually nuanced in this vintage. Iron, smoke, rose petal, mint and crushed flowers give the wine its distinctive aromatic signatures. The driving Bric del Fiasc tannins are present, and yet the 2013 is laid back and understated – as all the 2013s Barolos are – with less of its customary explosiveness and brutish power. I can’t wait to see how it ages.
95 points, Antonio Galloni