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ML, 17th June 2021,
Score: 94 points
A product of 85-plus-year-old vines in Castiglione Falletto, the Azelia 2017 Barolo Bricco Fiasco is subdued and delicate, with linear fruit of wild plum and blackberry, plus hints of blue flower and pressed violet. The age of the vines and the depth of the root system in the loose soils of this site have helped to maintain balance and freshness during the hottest moments of this vintage. Indeed, this wine is more immediately silky in texture compared to Azelia's wines from Serralunga d'Alba (like the Barolo Margheria also reviewed in this report). This release of 5,600 bottles presents a nice opportunity to try your hand at a delicate rabbit ravioli for a very special occasion a few years from now. Drink 2024 - 2040. 94 points. Monica Larner, Wine Advocate
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.