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Azelia - Barolo 2013


  • Country: Italy
  • Wine Region: Piedmont
  • Wine Area: Castiglione Falletto
  • Wine Maker: Luigi Scavino
  • Grape: Nebbiolo
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.00
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2022
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 91 (2009) VS: 90 (2012) JR: 16 (2011) WS: 92 (2011) JS: 93 (2012) WE: 90 (2012)

Wine tasting notes

Sumptuous, sweet, big tannins but not drying. Bold and dense but with a lifting floral quality. As mouthfilling and powerful as this is it still offers a certain charm and distinctive aromatic quality. The palate exhibits a plethora of enveloping flavours of wild berry, cherry, cinnamon and liquorice.

Winery Information


Luigi Scavino, cousin and neighbour of Piemonte legend Enrico Scavino, is typical of the modern Piedmont producer: no expense is spared as new oak is used for the top wines, yields are low and the sparkling new fermenting vats are of stainless steel. He produces a superb Dolcetto planted at 500 metres above sea level on a south facing slope and his oak-aged Barbera is extremely fine too. All of his Nebbiolo holdings are spread out over the Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga regions where the.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2009)91 pts

Wine Advocate # 207. June 2013. Reviewer : Antonio Galloni - The 2009 Barolo shows broad shoulders and a fascinating bouquet woven together by tones of dried fruits and fig, polished river stone, light shadings of spice and licorice. Like many wines of the vintage the tannins are already smooth and silky at this young stage in the wine?s life. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2022.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2012)90 pts

Mar 2016 - Azelia's 2012 Barolo is fresh, floral and nicely lifted in the glass. Crushed flowers, sweet red cherries, spices, mint and rose petal lift from the glass in the 2012 Barolo. An excellent choice for drinking over the next handful of years, Azelia's straight Barolo is all about balance and understated harmony. The style is gracious, perfumed and weightless, with pretty saline notes that give the wine its sense of proportion. This is one of the best straight 2012 Barolos I tasted. Fruit sources are 70% Serralunga and 30% Castiglione Falletto. The 2012 spent two and a half years in cask. Hail was an issue in Bricco Voghera, so Azelia did not produce a Riserva. All the best fruit went into the straight Barolo. -- Antonio Galloni (2011)16 pts

Mar 2015 - Just mid ruby with broad orange-tinged rim. Compelling nose of brooding earthy black cherry with a hint of shoe polish and vanilla. Concentrated fruit on the palate with bittersweet, stalky tannins. Not hugely ambitious nor complex but proper Barolo all the same. (WS)

Wine Spectator (2011)92 pts

Sept 2015 - Fleshy, with bright cherry, strawberry, wild herb, tar and tobacco flavors. Refined tannins grace the lingering finish, rendering this balanced and persistent. Best from 2018 through 2032.

James Suckling (2012)93 pts

Wonderful aromas of spices and berries. Chili powder with plums. Chinese spices. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and delicious fruit. Pretty tannin and fruit tension. Drink or hold.

Wine Enthusiast (2012)90 pts

Underbrush, toasted hazelnut, licorice and wild berry aromas lead the nose. The straightforward palate shows raw red cherry, orange peel and star anise alongside firm but refined tannins.

Vinification Notes

Aged in large Slavonian oak ‘botti’ for two years, no new oak. Azelia’s Barolo is produced uniquely from de-classified ‘Cru’ grapes; 70% from Serralunga single vineyards, the rest from those of the Castiglione Falleto commune. Six different single vineyard parcels are used to make up the blend.