Wine Spectator 93
"Sweet fruit is the overarching theme in this lush red. Cherry, raspberry, eucalyptus, iron and tea flavors combine with the well- integrated structure as this glides to an aftertaste of cherry and iron. Best from 2014 through 2026.—B.S."
" This full-bodied wine has a garnet red core with a pink rim, and has a sweetly intense nose with aromas of overripe cherries, cedar wood, and liquorice. The palate is round, quite fresh, well balanced, and harmonious.
Made from Nebbiolo grapes grown in calcarous, clayey marl with southern exposure, the wine is macerated on the skins in steel rotary fermentors for 5-7 days, then matured in medium capacity casks for 24 months. " ~ Winery notes
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The Azelia estate is a Barolo lover's secret – though the estate is not a high-profile one, proprietor Luigi Scavino is cousin of Enrico Scavino of the Paolo Scavino estate, and shares ownership of the famed Fiasco hill with him, in addition to the San Rocco holdings in Serralunga. This 16 hectare estate is planted to Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto. Luigi and wife Lorella still maintain some tradition in the cellar, with the greatest focus and efforts expended on vineyard management. Their San Rocco" is a muscular, characterful wine – the Scavinos were the first to establish this as an important cru. In total, the estate produces about 6,000 cases per year.
Vineyard Management: Azelia's vineyard management program under Agronomist Nicola Algamante focuses on integrated pest management and integrated disease control in the vineyards. The number of pest-control treatments is reduced to a minimum, and copper- and sulfur-based products are mainly utilized. Soil analysis is carried out every two years and organic fertilizers are used when needed. Cover crops are sown between the rows of vines, the grass is mowed and the soil is not tilled (the turf is left in place). There is very careful use of SO2 in the wines.
"This historic winery run by the Scavino family concentrates on quality." – Gambero Rosso
"Azelia has come into its own." –James Suckling, Wine Spectator
"...wines from [Luigi] Scavino's estate, Azelia, can hold their own with the very best of the region. The wines combine power and elegance with a level of virtuosity matched by few in the region...there can be no doubt that the overall balance and sense of proportion of these wines is excellent." – The Wine Advocate