Azelia 'San Rocco' Barolo 2013
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Vinous Media 95
"Another highlight in this range, the 2013 Barolo San Rocco is utterly beguiling. The bouquet alone is striking, but it is the wine's total balance that is most appealing today. Tasted next to the Margheria, the San Rocco is deeper, darker and more overtly powerful, with a greater sense of Serralunga tannic clout. Dark cherry, tobacco, menthol, licorice and sweet spices give the San Rocco much of its exotic personality. The San Rocco ... read more
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Item ID: #29797
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Vinous Media 95
"Another highlight in this range, the 2013 Barolo San Rocco is utterly beguiling. The bouquet alone is striking, but it is the wine's total balance that is most appealing today. Tasted next to the Margheria, the San Rocco is deeper, darker and more overtly powerful, with a greater sense of Serralunga tannic clout. Dark cherry, tobacco, menthol, licorice and sweet spices give the San Rocco much of its exotic personality. The San Rocco was aged in French oak barrels, with about 10% new wood. -- Antonio Galloni"

Wine Advocate 94+
"Azelia has hit it out of the ballpark with the three single-vineyard Barolos presented. The 2013 Barolo San Rocco is a rich and penetrating wine that keeps a sharp focus on balance and harmony all the while. This vineyard is located in Serralunga d'Alba, and the vines were planted in the early 1990s. The bouquet is robust and forthcoming with dark fruit, spice and cured leather. But ethereal notes of smoke, tar and licorice also lift delicately from the bouquet. You get both power and elegance with this cellar-worthy wine."

James Suckling 94
"Focused and firm red with dried-plum and cedar aromas that follow through to a medium to full body, velvety tannins and a fruity finish. Drink or hold. Better in three or four years when the tannins resolve a bit. Publish Date: Monday, February 20, 2017"

Wine Spectator 93
"Harmonious and tightly wound, offering cherry, licorice, eucalyptus and spice aromas and flavors meshed with refined tannins. Remains balanced and long, with sweet fruit offsetting the gum-coating tannins. Best from 2019 through 2033. 566 cases made. –BS"

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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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