This is the second time around I try out a Schiavenza Barolo. Schiavenza is – at least in Sweden – not a particularly known producer. Hence, my expectations are moderate. But man is this a good producer!
The Prapò is a vineyard located in the village of Serralunga d’Alba, which generally is known for making powerful and tannic wines. However, this 2005 is not an austere wine, which probably has to do with the vintage; 2005 is regarded as an early-maturing year. Still, this one is better after an hour of airing. Nevertheless, it will not benefit from another two or three hours of decanting. The 2005 Prapò has been stored on large Slavonian bottis for three years, so there is really no evident sensation of oak in the wine. I tasted the 2004 Prapò Riserva some time ago, which is highly recommended. Carlo Merolli sells Schiavenza for competitive prices. Schiavenza appears to be a coming winery: they have presented a wine earning tre bicchieri in Vini d’Italia for three consecutive years in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
So how about the 2005 Prapò? I had the wine with tagliatelli accompanied by salsiccia and roasted vegetables such as squash, mushrooms and peppers along with a homemade tomato sauce comprising garlic, white wine, tomatoes and basil, and this wine was pleasant even without the food. However, the Barolo stood up well against the salsiccia. Nice combination. This is really a textbook Nebbiolo; tar, licorice, tobacco, roses and earth on the nose. There are lots of things going on here. Terrific smell! It is medium-bodied with pleasant tannins. Nice length and attack with a red-berry feeling. Very silky for being a Barolo. 90p.