In 1998, just a few years into the new regime, Scavino brought the Slavonian oak back, abandoning the sole barrique protocol for a more balanced approach—one year of aging in barrique, followed by one year in cask. He didn’t merely reinstate it, however, having come to believe that the wine that is Barolo requires both barrique and cask. He also extended the maceration period for his Barolos by two to three days. In effect, this transitional stage in Scavino’s production philosophy reduced the vigilant attention that had previously been accorded the cellar. With the cellar no longer serving as the pivotal focus of the process, heightened attention was directed towards the vineyard, resulting in Scavino’s practice of extreme yield restriction.
While this modified take on modernism has been in effect for a significant period, the estate may continue to reach back further yet. For her initial solo venture—a 2006 single-vineyard Barolo (representing Via Nuova Vineyard), Paolo’s daughter Elisa opted for manual pumping over and punchdowns rather than rotary fermentation, despite the fact that her father privileges this method’s user-friendly properties and ability to extract a more substantive degree of polyphenolic material than the older approach. She also referenced the more recent past in her use of 100 percent new Taransaud oak.