Barolo Prapò

2017
Italy
Piedmont

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. 

96 points
"Lots of dried orange peel, strawberry and watermelon on the nose. Full-bodied with loads of intense fruit and chewy tannins. Really big and structured, but remains energetic and solid. Best after 2026 and onwards."
James Suckling ,
JamesSuckling.com
July 2021
93 points
"The 2017 Barolo Prapò is a wine of depth and baritone gravitas. Black cherry, melted road tar, cloves, leather and licorice endow the 2017 with quite a bit of complexity. This dense, potent Barolo needs time to unwind. A few hours of air does wonders here."
Antonio Galloni,
Vinous
September 2021
92 points
"The Schiavenza 2017 Barolo Prapò is a mostly subdued wine in terms of aromas but a powerful wine in terms of mouthfeel (and its 15% alcohol content). The bouquet shows soft touches of cherry liqueur and dried blackberry that progress to smoke, tar and rusty nail. The wine is not especially intense in terms of its bouquet, but it does show a lot more intensity and determination to the palate with fine tannins and tight structure. Like the other releases from this estate, this 2017 vintage of 2,200 bottles is best suited for near and mid-term drinking, perhaps with a fatty liver pâté."
Monica Larner,
Wine Advocate
July 2021
91 points
"This Barolo is firm and linear, with assertive tannins making their presence felt early and lingering on. Menthol, leather, plum, fruitcake and iron flavors ply the rustic profile. Best from 2025 through 2042. 184 cases made, 75 cases imported."
Bruce Sanderson,
Wine Spectator
December 2021

SKU/Code: 
DB7050-17
Product Line: 
National Portfolio
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Nebbiolo
Farming Type: 
Organic