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Antonio Galloni, November 2019,
Azelia's 2016 Barolo San Rocco shows terrific density and richness, but it is less aromatically expressive than most of the other 2016s in the range. Readers will have to give this at least a few years in bottle for the tannins to soften. Even in the early going, though, the 2016 is deep, powerful and loaded with pedigree. Now that most of Azelia's wines are aged in cask, the influence of small French oak is especially evident. Drink 2023-2041.
Azelia is a true Barolo lover’s secret. Not only are the wines exquisite, but the family are hugely passionate. We have been lucky enough to visit this estate for a number of years, and never leave without a big smile on our faces! Now in the hands of the fourth and fifth generation of the Scavino family, Luigi and his son Lorenzo manage the 16-hectare estate and craft excellent single vineyard Barolos in the villages of Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga d’Alba. As they say, “only the expert eye and the skilled hand achieve the highest quality of grapes.” Their talents have not gone unnoticed by the critics either. Antonio Galloni writes, “Azelia remains one of the under-the-radar jewels of Piemonte. The wines have been terrific for some time, and prices are exceedingly fair considering the quality of what goes into the bottle”. For Barolo lovers, or those new to the region, Azelia offers a source of sensibly priced, site-specific Barolos. The wines offer beguiling fruit, a distinct richness and structure and unparalleled textural complexity. Single vineyard ‘cru’ sites are developing an ever-greater prominence in Barolo and Azelia own some of the best. They produce a village Barolo and four crus (Bricco Fiasco, Margheria, San Rocco and Cerretta) as well as the Bricco Voghera Riserva. They also make a delicious Langhe Nebbiolo and a rather serious single vineyard Dolcetto d’Alba Bricco Oriolo. We are utterly convinced by the sensibly priced, site-specific wines that they craft from the region's most enviable vineyards.
With Brunello in Tuscany, Barolo is undoubtedly Italy's finest wine producing region. Located in Piedmont in the north west of Iataly Barolo is comprised of 5 major communes - Barolo, Monteforte d'Alba, La Morra, Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga d'Alba - though the latter three tend to represent the main styles of the region. The wines are compelling and polished - an exemplary expression of the Nebbiolo grape. DOCG law requires a minimum ageing of 2 years in cask or barrel yet can be longer depending on the producer. Barolos are generally released four or more years after the vintage.