Barolo Prapò


Schiavenza’s 0.9 hectares in the Prapò cru are located at 350m above sea level, with southeast exposure; the vines were planted in 1993.  Of all their crus, this is the one in which the soil is most representative of Serralunga: its high percentage of light-colored limestone naturally limits yields and results in wines that need time in bottle to show their best.

The grapes are destemmed and crushed. Fermentation occurred spontaneously in cement vats, with maceration lasting 20-25 days with pumpovers. After malolactic, the wine was racked into used Slavonian oak botti of 3500-4000L and aged there for 36 months.  It was bottled unfined/unfiltered and bottle aged for 6 months before release. 

94 points
"Offering power and a deep, penetrating style, the 2015 Barolo Prapò is a wine with a steady center of gravity. That tight inner core of fruit is typical of this vineyard site and of the Serralunga d'Alba subzone in general. Notes of dark fruit and dried blackberry are followed by spice, cured leather and dark licorice. This is the Barolo you want for a grilled T-bone steak."
Monica Larner,
Wine Advocate
, June 2019
92 points
"The cherry, rose, tar, iron and tobacco flavors are matched by dense tannins in this compact red. However, this remains fresh and focused, showing fine overall balance and a lengthy finish. Best from 2024 through 2045. 400 cases made, 166 cases imported."
Wine Spectator
, March 2020
91 points
"The 2015 Barolo Prapò is another intriguing wine in this range from Schiavenza. Although the 2015 is a bit soft, especially for this cru, it does offer beguiling aromatic nuance and tons of pure appeal. Dried flowers, mint, sage, pine and dried cherry add layers of complexity, Here, too, Schiavenza made a Barolo without the tannic edge that has penalized wines in the past. The Prapò is decidedly small scaled, but its balance and overall sense of harmony are beyond reproach"
Antonio Galloni,
Vinous Media
, Nov 2019

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