Azelia 'Margheria' Barolo 2013
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Wine Spectator 95
"The cherry and plum flavors are buried in a dense matrix of tannins, shaded by tobacco, leather, tar and iron notes. Linear and persistent on the finish, if less expressive at this stage than its peers. Best from 2021 through 2040. 566 cases made. –BS"

Vinous Media 95
"The 2013 Barolo Margheria shows its typically high-toned, aromatic profile. Scents of lavender, sage, mint, leather and earthiness meld into a core of dark stone fruits. Veins ... read more
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Item ID: #27406
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Wine Spectator 95
"The cherry and plum flavors are buried in a dense matrix of tannins, shaded by tobacco, leather, tar and iron notes. Linear and persistent on the finish, if less expressive at this stage than its peers. Best from 2021 through 2040. 566 cases made. –BS"

Vinous Media 95
"The 2013 Barolo Margheria shows its typically high-toned, aromatic profile. Scents of lavender, sage, mint, leather and earthiness meld into a core of dark stone fruits. Veins of bright acidity and salinity give the flavors an extra kick of brightness on the finish. The relatively high-altitude of this site and the limestone-rich soils yield a brilliant, salivating Barolo. The Margheria was aged in cask. -- Antonio Galloni"

Wine Advocate 94
"This vineyard is located in Serralunga d'Alba, where the soils are rich with clay and limestone. Vines are 50 years old, on average. The 2013 Barolo Margheria is a terrific wine with broad shoulders and a fully loaded, exuberant personality. The bouquet is dark and gristly in places with aromas of dark cherry followed by smoked bacon fat and cured tobacco. These are classic characteristics of this vineyard site, and they come through with absolute clarity in this classic vintage. There is a pronounced mineral note of campfire ash and pencil shaving as well."

The Wine
" 100% Nebbiolo sourced from 2.3 hectares on a southern exposure at 370m above sea level. The vines are an average age of 50 years old. Vinification takes place within 28 days at 31°C. The wine goes through an aging process of 28 months in large oak casks. 735 cases produced.

The Estate:
The Azelia estate is still many 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 11 hectare estate, planted to Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto produce more traditionally minded wines.

The contrast between the two “Bricco Fiasco” wines is notable; Enrico Scavino is firmly in the modernist camp, and Luigi and wife Lorella still maintain some tradition in the cellar, with the greatest focus and efforts expended on vineyard management. The “San Rocco” is a muscular, characterful wine – the Scavinos were the first to establish this as an important cru.

In 1998, Azelia’s Barolos were “two superb efforts,” according to Robert Parker, with “hedonistic, sensual” qualities - he scored the Barolos from this estate 91-93 points! In addition, Azelia's highly sought-after Dolcetto "Bricco dell'Oriolo" and Barbera “Punta” (both were awarded “Two Glasses” in the 2003 Gambero Rosso) feature rich structure, balance, and instant drinking pleasure. The latest addition to their portfolio, the 2000 Barolo Riserva “Voghera-Brea,” has already received 92 points from the Wine Spectator, thus joining the long list of 90+-point wines from this outstanding estate.

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. " ~ Winery notes

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AzeliaThe 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

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