One of our favorite discoveries has been the Pestoni Family winery, and their Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. Founded in 1892 and now managed by brothers Andy and Greg Pesonti. The Pestoni Howell Mountain Cabernet is 100 percent estate grown on organic vineyards, at elevations that ranges from 1,600 to 2,400 feet. The rocky volcanic soils and weather conditions are challenging, but worth the extra effort as the vineyards produce wines with outstanding flavor, intensity and aging properties.
Susan King, Sommelier, tasting notes:
This 2013 vintage wine is aging exceptionally. It has a deep and concentrated dark bramble and dried blueberry notes with mocha and earthy qualities. No guess work as to where this Cabernet Sauvignon was grown. The structure and body of this wine speak of the Howell Mountain Appellation. This is an age worthy wine but also drinkable today. Pair with Prime Rib, or Filet Mignon with Black Pepper. This is a special bottle of wine, that celebrates a special evening.
Every year, it is our pleasure to host Paolo Scavino in January, on their annual trip to Northern California. This year, we enjoyed the company of Elisa Scavino herself, and her new Worldwide Ambassador, Andrea Ostorero.
Before we even begin to share our experience with the new 2015 vintage of Paolo Scavino wines, we just have to share what a joy it is to work with Elisa and her team. Thoughtful, kind, knowledgeable, fun, authentic – these are only a few of the adjectives that describe the Scavino family and team. Paolo Scavino is what we love at DouxVin, family owned estates and winemakers, putting their pride and passion in every single bottle.
Enrico Scavino together with the daughters Enrica and Elisa, fourth generation, run the family Estate.
The Barolo wines of Scavino are world class. Elisa shared their philosophy of selling wine to the BULK market for anything that does not meet their standards – including from every single Cru, and Rocche dell’Annunziata as well. That is a commitment to quality that is unparalleled.
The 2015 vintage is excellent, and every Barolo lover will be delighted with this vintage. It is fruitier and more expansive than the 2014 vintage. All the wines were stunning, and especially the Cannubi and Bric del Fiasc vineyards. The Bricco Ambrogio and Monvegliero vineyards have a softer, gentler style. One of Susan’s favorite Barolo vineyards is Ravera, and it was wonderful to have this in the Scavino line up for the first time. To say it was amazing, would be an understatement.
Paolo Scavino Cru wines sell out every year, and these are limited quantity wines. If you are interested, subscribe to DouxVin down below so we can send you the limited time pricing on these wines.