"- Oct 2006 - The 1993 Bric del Fiasc, tasted from an extremely rare 5-liter bottle, displays complex notes of licorice, tar, flowers and sweet fruit in a full-bodied style for the vintage. It offers notable finesse and well-integrated tannins. Still fresh, it should drink well for at least another decade. It offers noticeably better balance than the 1995 which was tasted in the same flight. 91/Anticipated maturity: 2006-2016. Bric del Fiasc, was first produced in 1978. The vineyard is located in Castiglione Falletto and the wines from this plot are generally the biggest and most structured of the estate’s lineup. In important vintages Bric del Fiasc requires at least several years of cellaring. Today vintages 1989 and 1990 appear to still be fresh and youthful and my guess is that recent vintages will age at least as well given that they were made from lower yields and with a much greater sense of awareness towards other factors affecting quality.
- Feb 97 - Paolo Scavino, and more recently his daughter, have always made fabulous Barolos, as evidenced by my previous tasting notes on the 1988s, 1989s, and 1990s. However, in 1993, he began utilizing small barriques (the percentage of new wood varies according to the vineyard), pushing his wines to an even higher level of quality. While the 1993s may not possess the power, intensity, and extract of the great 1990s, qualitatively they are equals. The awesome 1993 Barolo Bric del Fiasc (one-third new oak casks) is a candidate for the Barolo of the vintage. Made from 45-year old vines, this full-bodied, blockbuster Barolo is amazingly rich, superbly balanced, and oh, so profound. The fragrant, penetrating bouquet of black-cherries, new saddle leather, tar, and rose petals, intermixed with subtle spicy toast, is followed by an exceptionally rich, medium to full-bodied wine with terrific delineation and focus, as well as gorgeously integrated acidity, tannin, and alcohol. This dazzling young Barolo should reach full maturity in 5-6 years and last for 15+.