About the Wine
“Barbarescos have never been better.” ~Ian D’Agata, Decanter.
Dating back to the 17th century, the Scrimaglio (Escrimeaux) family's journey began when they sought refuge in Piedmont, leaving behind their French origins. It was in 1920, that Pietro Scrimaglio laid the foundation for a winemaking legacy that would span generations. Building on his father's work, he set the stage for future success.
Scrimaglio embodies "Character, clarity, and precision" in their approach to Piedmontese grape varieties. Their wines beautifully blend tradition and innovation, paying homage to their homeland.
In the 1980s, the family played a pivotal role in revitalizing Barbera d'Asti, restoring its prominence. This legacy lives on, as their devotion to the "Nizza" subzone earned it the "Nizza Docg" designation.
Scrimaglio follows a purely traditional style complemented by modern winemaking techniques, all in the service of highlighting the unique qualities of each wine without overdoing it.
Vite Colte Winery is one of the biggest cooperatives in Piedmont and a global standout. Originally called "Terre da Vino," it was revamped to "Vite Colte" in 2016 to make a splash in the wine world. With 180 skilled growers and 300 hectares of vineyards, it's a force in Barolo and beyond. Scrimaglio is their boutique winery within a winery that benefits from the newly constructed modern facility.
What sets them apart? Terrific terroir, savvy members, and cutting-edge science mean they produce top-quality wines. Their facility is a blend of tech and art, a must-see for wine and culture lovers. Vite Colte crafts Piedmontese classics like Barbera d'Asti, Barbera d'Alba, Nizza, Roero, Moscato d'Asti, Barolo, and Barbaresco, often named after Cesare Pavese's works. Scrimaglio is Vite Colte's flagship brand where they only pick the very best of the vineyards.
The 2020 Scrimaglio Barbaresco is patiently aged in bottles, exceeding regulatory standards. This careful process ensures they reach the market in their fullest expression, a testament to Scrimaglio's meticulous attention to the essential ingredient of wine: Time.
2020 is looking to be a great vintage for Barbaresco. Vinous Media awarded it a 92-95 point score and said, "Early tasting suggests a strong vintage for Barbaresco in 2020, potentially the finest since 2016 for some producers. The best wines are rich and generous in feel, with finely integrated tannins and impressive balance. There is a purity to the 2020s that is immediately alluring."
Aging: Minimum 1 year in large oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: 100% Nebbiolo.
As you pour this wine, its ruby-red color slowly deepens to garnet at the edges. The aroma is a powerful and complex mix of ripe plum and black cherry, with hints of powdered coffee and tobacco adding depth. On the palate, it's rich and generously lively. The tannins are smooth, creating a lasting presence that carries flavors of plum and vanilla into the finish and aftertaste, leaving a delightful and memorable impression.
~93 Luca Maroni, Yearbook of "The Best Italian Wines" Luca Maroni
A tangy purity of redcurrant, red cherry, and cranberry with a zesty acidity, dense tannins, and a piquant fruity finish. ~92 Decanter World Wine Awards
Inviting aromas of ripe cranberry and cherry compote give way to rich flavours of truffle, bitter orange and liquorice. Wonderfully expressive, showing great typicity and concentration of fruit. ~ 92 International Wine & Spirits Competition
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